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Ruan Louw – University of Exeter’s New Head of Cricket

Ruan Louw – University of Exeter’s New Head of Cricket

This week has seen the University of Exeter Cricket Club deliver a previous York(er)shire, Middlesex and Nelson (New Zealand) Head of Cricket.  South African Ruan Louw has been appointed as Head of Cricket replacing former Alumni and Level 4 ECB coach Sandy Allen who continues his coaching as pathway and coaching manager for Devon Cricket. 

Louw, who has a Level 4 English Cricket Board master coach qualification, has previously held roles at Middlesex Cricket (2013-15), The University of York Head Coach (2015-17), Yorkshire County Cricket Club Women’s 1st XI Head Coach (2016-17) and most recently Coaching Director at Nelson Cricket Association, Nelson, New Zealand (2017-18).

With an undeniable depth in coaching experiences and high profile roles, we asked Ruan what is he most looking forward to?

Ruan:  I am really looking forward to getting involved at all levels of cricket at the University. I am intrigued to see how the players go outdoors in the pre-season fixtures and then to get into the BUCS fixtures. I look forward to working with all the teams throughout the season and especially having some real input into our program moving forward.

Why did you choose Exeter?

Ruan: It is an exciting opportunity to come to such a brilliant institution and city. There is a great vibe around and the facilities are second to none. It is a very attractive proposition for professionals and the intention is to create an environment where top class individuals want to be and feel that they belong.

What have been your goals coming into the University for this season and if you have thought about any ones to come in future season?

Ruan: Having come in at this late stage in preparations, it is important to approach the season with real positivity and expectation. The intention and goal is to see all teams prepared well and performing to their ability as well as to challenge the status quo. The aim will be to see teams in positions where they can be promoted where possible and to have a real ethos running through all the teams that value excellence and effort and responsibility. Moving forward I intend to see Exeter becoming increasingly attractive and competitive at the highest level. We look to develop good people into great leaders in their chosen fields of study. I look to develop people/players to represent counties, Super league and National teams and to carry the Exeter mantle for all to see.  

Ruan has been quoted saying "One of the things that drives my passion for coaching is player development ... in actually developing players and making players better people and better individuals because I feel that leads to winning.” With Ruan on board, and one week into the role, we can already see that his passion for coaching and player development will be a huge asset to the club and University.

We cannot wait for the outdoor season to start and will hopefully have more updates on performance and progress in the months to come.

James Fleming

Sport Scholarship & Recruitment Officer

Date: 16 March 2018

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