The Proteas’ management have wished fitness and conditioning coach, Rob Walter well, after he was appointed as coach of the Nashua Titans on Tuesday. Walter has been part of the Proteas’ setup since 2009 when he took over from Grant Compton, and is scheduled to begin his post on July 1st.
Proteas Team Manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee led the praise: “We have always set out to creating an environment that gives our management the best platform to grow and develop, and it’s encouraging to see how far Rob has come over the years. He has led from the front, taking the initiative to excel in his portfolio and to give the team environment the best possible resources. He is deeply respected by the players and his peers and I hope the opportunity he has been given to follow his life-long ambition is a success.”
Incumbent Head Coach, Gary Kirsten, believes Walter’s passion and knowledge of the game will be an invaluable asset for the Pretoria-based Franchise. “I started working with Rob in 2011 and his aspirations of becoming a head coach were always widely known. He understands the environment that is needed to create leaders and to grow a winning culture and his skills are of high quality after serving a dual purpose for us as our fielding and fitness coach. I don’t think his lack of experience as a head coach will matter because he has fantastic man-management skills, which forms an important base when coaching at the top level.”
Walter thanked the Proteas family: “ It’s a great honour for me, and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead, but in the same breathe, it is sad to leave the Proteas family because it is a deeply rewarding and enriching set-up to be part of. I have made many close friendships and learnt so much from them, I will always be indebted to them.
“The performances of the team stand alone but the learning for me has been in the processes and ethics that the team lives by daily. Each member has their role to play in creating the Proteas culture and for me those are the most important values I have learnt.”