Tuks Coach Jenny Van Dyk's Recipe for Success

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Sat, 27/09/2014 - 10:04

The Pretoria-born 31-year-old attended Laerskool Villieria and Hoerskool Oos-Moot and has coached the Gauteng North Ladies A and under-21 sides, and has also been WUNC Technical Director.

She says her toughest coaching opponent is definitely herself, saying: “I put myself under constant pressure to improve and develop as quickly as possible.”
Her most influential coach was Elize Kotze.

She says her toughest coaching opponent is definitely herself

Van Dyk joined the University of Pretoria as a Sport Psychology student & netball player in 2001. She played SA u13, u16, u19 and u21 and was selected into the Protea squad. She soon became aware of her growing passion for coaching.

“I realized that my purpose is to become an inspirational leader/coach rather than player. My favourite position is WA because it a position where you get to really test your vision, decisions, creativity, timing, flare and patient. I just loved to land on that circle edge and find the perfect space,” she said.

I realized that my purpose is to become an inspirational leader/coach rather than player

In 2008, she became the Tuks netball manager and started coaching under the mentorship of Elize Kotze, the current Protea coach.

“In 2011, I became the Head of the programme and Head Coach of Tuks Netball Club. My dedication and attention to individual skills development and team dynamics sets me apart.

“The players will always be the most important to me. The past few year we spent countless hours on court with individual, combination and team sessions developing the SA, GN and Tuks players to prepare them on every possible level.

“This hard work, dedication and personal attention make all the difference to the exceptional results we delivered,” she added.

Van Dyk has a long list of achievements and she’s not stopping there as the determined coach looks to guide Tuks to success again this season.

“As Jaguars Coach, Tuks 1 USSA Coach, Gauteng North Ladies A as well as Gauteng North U21 coach, the teams have not missed one National Championship final, to date, with the GN U21 team winning the National Championships for the fourth time in a row this year.

“My dream is to become a SA national coach and my values include leadership, integrity, honesty, accountability, ownership, evaluation and equity. My Motto is ‘If God is for us, who can be against us’ and always enjoy life, because life is phenomenal! It’s a magnificent trip!” she said.

My dream is to become a SA national coach and my values include leadership, integrity, honesty, accountability, ownership, evaluation and equity

Tuks are currently the top team this season with 20 points from four matches played. They are unbeaten and face UJ next week.

 

 

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