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PRG appoints new Head of Hockey

“Mr Baker’s wealth of experience not only in the top boys’ school set-up but also as part of the senior national programme makes him the right candidate for this post. His passion and vision combined will ensure that PRG’s hockey programme remains one of the best in the country. ” André van Staden – Rector

Mr Michael Baker will join Paul Roos Gymnasium in 2024 as head of hockey and head coach of the school’s first XI.

Mr Baker’s experience extends beyond some of the top KZN hockey schools to include:

  • SA men’s u21 selector
  • u17 SA men’s conditioner
  • Head of KZN High Performance Programme
  • u18 KZN coach

This experience will aid him in his responsibility to establish and expand on the existing norms and standards of PRG’s hockey programme. Mr Baker is also tasked with implementing the necessary coaching structures that will allow all players, including those with the potential to play at national level, to develop their skills optimally.

Mr Baker is an avid ultra trail runner who is excited to explore the terrain around Stellenbosch when he’s not on the astro turning our players into world-class athletes.

Paul Roos is in the process of finalising negotiations for a third astro turf as part of the existing Stellenbosch University complex, which will ensure Stellenbosch becomes a hockey-hub. The extra time that this will allow for coaches and players on the field will ensure that our players have the opportunity to hone their skills throughout the year and enjoy access to a high-class facility.

Paul Roos congratulates Mr Baker on his appointment and we look forward to expose our players to his expertise.