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Michael is a St Paul’s Collegian (Williams 1997-1999) who joined the Physical Education department in 2015. Michael holds a double degree in sport and leisure and teaching. Prior to St Paul’s, Michael worked at Horowhenua College, where he was the acting Head of Faculty. Teaching aside, Michael is also the Deputy Housemaster of Sargood House.
A talented and diverse sportsman, Michael has an excellent record as a player and coach in basketball, cricket, rugby, soccer and futsal, as well as holds coaching certificates in hockey and athletics.
Michael has New Zealand Cricket’s prestigious level 2 coaching qualification. He has ten years of cricket coaching experience at all levels, from beginners to provincial players. Michael has held numerous coaching positions at regional and club level, ranging from assistant positions on the Horowhenua Kapiti men’s team, to coaching junior boys' teams.
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Jono's foundational values as a coach are simple - create an environment where students can establish and grow a strong love for the game. "From there, I help guide the team and most importantly, the individual players, to be able to understand their potential and achieve their personal and collective goals."
Jono's personal connection to basketball has been a lifelong one. Playing since the age of five, and selected to represent Waikato throughout the age group levels, Jono has been fortunate to have been coached and mentored by a variety of NZ's best coaches, which collectively have shaped his coaching style.
Volunteering to coach children's mini ball teams is what started out Jono's coaching career. The passion grew from there and he took on the head coaching role of the entire Flyers' junior basketball club, coaching up to 120 students. In 2017, Jono decided to turn coaching basketball into his full time job, leaving his design and building company to free up more time to focus on developing himself as a coach and to take on the role of Community Basketball Manager for 'Shot Maker Academy'.
Jono thrives off seeing his teams diligently work and train together, priding himself in preparing and getting the most out of every training. Having tasted success in 2018 with the promotion of the St Paul's senior boys' team to the Hamilton premier division (by finishing mid-season at the top of the A1 division), and a runner-up finish at the CNI tournament, Jono is looking forward to the upcoming season.
Mark made his international debut at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the first and only Games to feature cricket.
His selection, as cover for the injured Chris Cairns, was reward for an outstanding summer batting at No.3 for the State Northern Knights. Mark had scored the most runs in the inaugural Shell Conference competition, averaged 61 in the Shell Trophy and 24 in the Shell Cup. Mark played only one match at the games but was included in the squad to travel to Bangladesh for the inaugural ICC knockout tournament.
Daniel came to St Paul’s in 2017 from the Silver Fern International School in Thailand where he had been the head of department of physical education since 2015.
Prior to that, he spent two and a half years as a PE teacher at Hastings Boys' High School, where he ran their cricket academy, assisting with the coaching of their 1st XI and coaching a junior rugby side. Daniel gained his Bachelor of Sport and Recreation at Auckland University of Technology.
An accomplished cricketer himself, Daniel holds a New Zealand Cricket’s prestigious level 2 coaching qualification. He also has a strong interest and background in hockey. Having coached a number of teams, he enjoys what impact a positive team culture can have on an athlete. He believes this is the primary reason why St Paul’s have achieved great success over a number of national tournaments.
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Prior to St Paul’s, Sam spent six years coaching in the UK and is one of the only Kiwi coaches to have worked in the English academy system.
Sam grew up playing football in the Waikato, he played at national league level for Waikato FC and Auckland City, as well as represented Hamilton Wanderers, Melville United and Tauranga City at regional level. While in the UK, he worked for a Birmingham-based coach education company, West Bromwich Albion Football Club as their under-14 coach, as well as coached in Birmingham City across all academy age groups from under-7 to under-21.
"My aim is to develop a clear and identifiable playing and development philosophy and give every player a chance to reach their potential as a footballer.”
Alby has considerable experience with athletes of all ages and skill levels, but working with youth is where his passion lies.
His values, as a strength and conditioning coach, are to develop physical outcomes, build meaningful relationships, and be open-minded. He has extensive experience in developing movement competency, return-to-sport rehabilitation programmes, sport-specific strength and conditioning, and coaching.
Alby has worked with both high performing teams and individuals, as the lead strength and conditioning coach for the Kiwi Ferns rugby league team and the Cook Islands women sevens side and individuals such as, Zac Millar (NZ Squash, Commonwealth Games), Emma Millar (NZ Squash), Raukawa Jefferies (youth olympian in Karate), Regan Leppein (NZ Softball), and Hame Faiva (Benetton Rugby).
His goal at St Paul’s is to create an empowering training environment where all individuals and sports teams feel they can be themselves, but at the same time learn to become more athletic and develop habits that transfer into both their sporting code and life - creating not only better athletes, but better people.
Josh has an extensive background in secondary school sport and education and is an able practitioner.
Josh previously spent 13 years at Hamilton Boys’ High School holding a variety of positions including senior teacher, hostel master, First XV Coach, year level Dean and director of sport. He then took a break of two years to take on the role of Account Manager for The Lion Foundation, before being drawn back to the area he is immensely passionate about – secondary school sports and developing the whole student athlete.
Josh has a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching and Sport Psychology) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary). He has a strong coaching background in rugby, having coached teams such as New Zealand Secondary Schools, Waikato Development and Under 20 teams, as well as coaching experience in Japan and Wales.
Josh’s position at St Paul’s is to oversee the promotion and support of sporting opportunities that maximise the personal and collective growth and development of skills and opportunities of as many St Paul's coaches and sports men and women as possible.
Paul has vast experience in playing and coaching at all levels of the game, representing New Zealand at both cricket and rugby while still at school.
Upon leaving school, Paul represented Waikato NPC before leaving for the UK to play for more than 10 years of premier club rugby. Returning to New Zealand in 2001, Paul worked as a rugby development officer for five years with Waikato Rugby after which he was appointed as the high performance manager with the same union.
Professional coaching attracted Paul to a four year stint in Japan with Kamaishi Seawaves, followed by a year coaching St Peter’s Cambridge 1st XV rugby team. Paul is currently the Chiefs U18 Resource Coach and NZ U20 Selector.
Reiner comes from the Netherlands, a nation renowned for producing some of the world’s top hockey teams in recent years. After finishing university, Reiner was successful in gaining a fulltime job as a coach.
He believes that by developing the individual athlete the team results will follow. This philosophy has led to several successes with Dutch regional representative teams, U18 club teams and senior women’s teams. Since he settled in Hamilton, Reiner has had excellent success with Midlands U18’s, U21’s and at NHL level and he was recently appointed New Zealand U21 women’s assistant coach.
Having specialised in coaching at tertiary level, Matt is qualified with a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching from the University of Waikato.
He is a former Black Stick and has had a range of hockey coaching experience including the University of Waikato’s premier men’s team. Over the years, he’s taken high school, club and rep teams under his wing, leading some to national titles. “I have a good understanding of the phases of learning a skill which has allowed me to work with people of various ages and abilities. I can identify what type of coaching method is going to best suit the age and stage of a player.”
Currently he coaches St Paul’s 1st XI boys’ team, as well as the Waikato University men, Midlands U18s, and is working for Midlands as a talent development coach.
Before taking up the role of Deputy Headmaster for pastoral care, Craig was the Head of Physical Education at St Paul’s. He has also been the Housemaster in charge of Williams House. He joined the school after completing a conjoint degree in teaching and sports and leisure.
Teaching aside, Craig is also an experienced coach, he has coached at various levels from school through to Waikato and Midlands Hockey. Since his arrival, he has coached the 1st XI hockey team, culminating in the team becoming national secondary school champions in the Rankin Cup and being named the secondary schools’ ‘team of the year’ at the Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards.
Craig has developed and implemented various school initiatives such as the Xccellerator programme for junior high performance sportsmen and the Character Education programme, a drive to introduce character development into the curriculum. He also forged a partnership with the regional Midlands Hockey organisation and helped establish a Collegians' Hockey Club to enable past students and members of the community to play hockey through the school.
ISNZ Honours Award for service to students and sport (2018)
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Sonya has played national and representative netball with the NZ Māori and Bay of Plenty Magic teams as a teenager, and has represented Waikato and Riverlands in age group and senior national championships. More recently, as a coach, Sonya was the Assistant Coach to the Waikato Bay of Plenty Beko team in 2017, and has coached age group representative teams for the past five years.
Sonya holds a Netball New Zealand Performance Coach Qualification. Her passion for coaching netball has also led her into developing her own business, she is Co-Director of ‘Pivotal Netball Coaching and Conditioning’, which provides professional netball coaching to netballers of all ages through clinics, small-groups, schools and private sessions. Sonya was also the High Performance Coordinator at Hamilton City Netball Centre, and was responsible for all of the High performance programmes, representative teams and coaches.
Sonya has been the coach of the St Paul’s Open A premier girls’ netball team since 2016. As the Director of Netball at St Paul's, she oversees the organisation, resourcing, coaching, promotion and development of netball.
With rowing successes both nationally and internationally, Gordon brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to St Paul’s.
Previously based at the University of Bristol (UK) for 12 years, Gordon held a number of roles including Director of Rowing and Head Coach, Sport High Performance Manager and Warden of Hiatt Baker Hall. During this time, he was awarded the British Universities Coach of the Year award (2007), a Bristol Red (2015) and a lifetime coaching award. He led his rowing team to win the British championships (three golds/four silver 2006-2012); to represent Great Britain six times in the European championships and secure gold in Banyoles (2007) and bronze in Brive (2005); as well as numerous regatta wins to elite level (2005-2015). His experience prior to Bristol included working for Kings College and Auckland Rowing Club and he was the New Zealand junior men’s VIII coach (1993), Director of Rowing and Head Coach (1991-96) and Director of Sport (Kings College, 1993-94).
Gordon himself was a New Zealand international elite rower; was selected for GB in the Tokyo Olympics; has won two NZ Championship Redcoats for West End Rowing Club and Wellington Rowing Club and the Thames Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta; he also holds over 100 premier regatta wins. He is the current New Zealand record holder for his age group for several distances on Concept 2 Indoor Rowing Comps.
Gordon is looking forward to developing the senior boys to their full rowing potential.
James has been heavily involved with rowing for the past ten years and brings a wide range of experience from various areas of the sport.
James coached St Andrew’s College in Christchurch for three seasons with medal success from novices though to U18's. This also included starting off the boy’s crews that won both the Springbok and Maadi Cup for St Andrew’s in 2017.
James himself has rowed all over the world including in China, Russia and Australia for Otago University, Avon Rowing Club Southern RPC and NZ Universities.
Martin has significant international rowing and coaching experience at junior level in both New Zealand and Uruguay and U23 level in New Zealand.
Martin also has coaching experience at both Takapuna Grammar and Hauraki Plains College and he teaches Spanish at St Paul’s.
Cody has played premier and representative rugby here in the Waikato before injury turned his focus to coaching.
Since then, he has developed a wide range of coaching experience including coaching Fraser High School 1st XV and Waikato U14, U15 and NZ Harlequins U17 representative teams and also coaching the St Paul’s U16 team (Waikato champions) in 2016.
He is a qualified IRB level 3 coach who currently works with the Waikato Rugby Union as a Resource Coach and talent identification. Cody took up the position of forwards coach for St Paul’s 1st XV in 2017.