Thursday, September 8, 2016

Austin Huns Hire Daniel De Villiers as the Backline Coach

Austin, TX (September 1, 2016). – The Austin Huns have hired Daniel De Villiers as the Backline Coach for the next 3 seasons.

Daniel brings over 14 years of 7’s & 15’s coaching experience to the Austin Huns. His coaching resume includes club, provincial and intentional teams such as CSM Bucuresti, Timisoara Saracens, Rugby Skills Academy (South Africa), Rugby Roma Olimpic (Italy Top 10), Tunisia National and 7’s team, and PUMAS. Daniel’s rugby philosophy is “work hard, do the small things well,” which has proved successful in his coaching career by winning 10 of the 16 Finals/Championships Games he led his teams too.

“I decided on Daniel for various reasons, but mostly because he is trustworthy,  loyal, and a hard working person. I worked with Daniel when I coached the Lions and have mentored him since. Daniel has an analytic mind, is thorough, and detail orientated. He has exceptional knowledge of backline play and rugby in general. Daniel has performed as a head coach in Italy and Romania; he has also played provincial rugby in the backline. Daniel has an open and jovial personality, a positive mindset, and will be a tremendous asset to the Huns family and community” said Austin Huns Head Coach Eugene Eloff.

“We are very excited to add Daniel De Villiers to our professional coaching staff, adding another high-level coach for the next three seasons. He will help us in recruiting and create a professional training atmosphere for our players. This will lead to a high quality of rugby for our fans and spectators. In order to achieve these goals, coaching is essential” said Huns Rugby Management owner Richard Osborn

Career Highlight
2015 – CSM Bucuresti - Semi-Final Superliga (Bronze Final Winner), SEMI-FINAL KINGS CUP (Bronze Final Winner), SEMI-FINAL ROMANIA CUP
2014 – Timisoara Saracens - Semi-Final Romania Superliga | CSM Bucuresti - Semi-Final Romani Cup
2013 – Timisoara Saracens - Champions Romania Superliga | Barbarians - Barbarians vs. Romania
2011 – Rugby Roma Olimpic – Champions Excellence Trophy (1st Roma Final Trophy in 11 years)
2010 – Durbanville RFC – 2nd Western Province Premier League
2009 – Tunisia National Team – Final Africa Cup, Final 2011 RWCQ (Africa), Winners’ semi-final Africa Cup & RWCQ 2011, Tunisia all time high nr.27 on IRB ranking (up from 36), 60% Test Match Win record
2009 - Tunisia 7’s Team – Plate Quarter-Final, 7’s Rugby World Cup, Cup Final, Tangers, Morocco (lost to France, beat South African in the semi-Final)

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