Paul Treu new Kenya Sevens head coach
The Kenya Rugby Union has confirmed that South African coach Paul Treu will take up the role of Kenya Sevens head coach.
Treu, formerly head coach of the Springbok Sevens team, will take up the post by 1 November and will be joined by his assistant in South Africa, Vuyo Zangqa.
Treu's contract as Head Coach and Performance Director runs until 2016 and the ambitious programme aims to climax with the country’s participation in the Olympic Games, held that year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Olympic qualification will be Treu’s absolute target, over and above achieving regular top ranking results in the HSBC Sevens World Series.
As well as Zangqa (attack coach), Treu’s technical bench will include other compatriots in Graham Bentz (strength and conditioning, sports science) and Dr Karen Schwabe (sports medicine), who will take up her appointment in Nairobi on 1 January 2014.
Kenyans will continue to form a key part of the team's structure. Felix Ochieng' (assistant coach), Humphrey Kayange (player/coach), Lamech Bongeri (physiotherapist) and Steve Sewe (team manager) will all form part of Treu's staff, while Michael Owino and Geoffrey Kimani will assist Bentz. Other individuals are also being targeted to work with the team.
“We had an eye-opener when Mike Friday and Chris Brown took our team right to the top in just one season. We thank them for giving us a taste of professionalism and success and we have no option other than to build on that," said KRU chairman, Mwangi Muthee.
The KRU has also reached an agreement with Treu that local coaches and sports science experts will be able to permanently study under the Kenya Sevens programme.
“They will register with the KRU and will be provided with access to Treu’s training sessions. Our intention is to create a pool of local experts and that in about five years we shall be able to export abroad, expertise across the board.
“It is our intention that money and resources spent on the three-year ‘Operation Rio’ programme will greatly impact on transfer of expertise from our international partners [South Africa] to Kenya.”