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Top coach Kotze lost to SA athletics again
- Updated: January 14, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Leading hurdles coach Hennie Kotze has been lost to South African tracks… again.
The Pretoria based coach has taken on another coaching appointment with the Saudi Arabian national athletics body.
Wednesday will see his last training session with many of the country’s leading hurdles exponents before he heads northwards.
Kotze told Road to Rio 2016 that the motivation was both financial and promotional. ‘The offer was good. It was a difficult decision for me to make but in the end it was a financial choice as well as the chance of promotion. From Tukkies (Pretoria University) coach to a national coach. There’s no position like that in South Africa right now and I have to think forward to when I retire.’
Kotze coaches a string of pedigreed hurdlers, including two Commonwealth champions in Cornel Fredericks (Glasgow last year) and LJ van Zyl (Melbourne, 2006). He also coaches leading women’s 400m hurdler Wenda Nel, reigning African Championships gold medallist.
He was also part of the coaching squad for Team South Africa at the Glasgow Games last year.
‘The Saudi contract is normally a year at a time but generally extended if results are good. I was last there two years ago but because of medical reasons had to come back.’
As for his job as head coach at Tukkies? ‘I’d hope Tukkies would be able to re-appoint me but its out of my hands, I’ll just trust that things work out for the good.’
Kotze’s athletes certainly won’t be left in the lurch: ‘I’ve already given programmes till the end of April, for those that needed and I’ll still be available to help when they need me. I’m going to miss them!’