Nico Pienaar is the founder, owner and President of Action Rugby. Nico has a long history of sport involvement, as an athlete, coach, manager, board member and other supporting roles. Nico played rugby from around 6 years of age, with an active career lasting nearly 25 years, and still playing for the Old Boys, when time permits. Nico has a Honors Degree in Electrical Engineering, and currently works for AT&T. More...
Patrick Moulson joined Action Rugby at the end of 2018 as Boys Coach. Patrick is striving towards being certified as a World Rugby Level 3 Coach, currently spending time in South Africa, receiving coaching training. We eagerly await Patrick's return to improve our program even more. More...
Coach - Megan Pakulis
Megan Pakulis have been playing rugby for almost 10 years. Megan was selected to represented Canada internationally for the u20 Canada team, and played for Ontario u16, u18, u20 and at Senior level for 5 years. Megan started her rugby career in high school, following in the footsteps of two older siblings, and quickly fell in love with sport. Megan just finished her 5th and final year playing for York University, and will be graduating with a Kinesiology degree. Megan recently completed her World Rugby Strength and Conditioning Course, and combined with her Kinesiology degree will bring some much needed coaching to our juniors. Megan was also selected to represent Canada in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. Megan wants to help our younger players experience all the great opportunities rugby has to offer.
Coach - Joe Lee
Joe Lee is the latest coach addition to Action Rugby, bringing a wealth of experience to the program, with a number of International Rugby Caps in 7s and 15s. Joe also played Field Hockey at an international level. More ...
Some snippets from various articles relating to coaches:
Everybody knows, that not every outstanding competitor becomes a successful coach, whereas the best coaches of the world were not necessarily elite competitors. Many famous athletes, having world class performance as competitors, failed as coaches.
The democratic type of coach creates the best development of successful coach-competitor collaboration. During the coaching activity the trainer involves the athlete – to certain extent - into the decisions. The democratic type has the most positive, athlete-centric attitude. Naturally the democratic coaching behavior should not be in contradiction with the requirement of disciplinary actions or with justified punishments. Of course the incorrect (antisocial) behavior of the athlete should always have consequences.
The liberal coach is often called permitting type or even non-interfering type. The liberal coach defines the training tasks only roughly, in some cases in a passive way, giving substantial freedom to the athletes. His/her instructions are weak and incomplete, the controlling activity is inconsistent and weak. There is no constructive collaboration between the coach and the competitors.
The autocratic coach demands respect in a dictatorial way, characteristically directs the training by orders during which the athletes are not involved into the decisions. This type of coach does not require cooperation, he/she determines alone the training objectives, which should be executed by the athletes. The autocratic coach is motivated to achieve the targeted objective by all means. He/she is seldom interested in the personal problems of the competitors.
Of course we should take into consideration, that the role of the coach will change over the time an athlete spends with the coach:- when an athlete first starts in a sport (cognitive stage), the main role is telling or showing coaching style- as the athlete develops (associative stage) the coach and athlete discuss appropriate training requirements (involving coaching style)- as the athletes matures (autonomous stage) the role of the coach is dominantly a mentor, providing support and advice.
Physical abilities - The good coach is sometimes a demonstrator.
Knowledge (mental abilities) - The knowledge of the coach has to have 3 fundamentals, special knowledge, general sport knowledge, general knowledge about human culture.Of course nobody is perfect, nobody knows everything, there are no universal coaches.
Ability to transfer the knowledge - A good coach has the ability to transfer his/her knowledge to the athletes. It means the coach has to have the communication skill, voice, enthusiasm, even a sense of humor. The explanations should be always true and useful, but also interesting.
Ability to manage different age groups