October 2022, Articles

New Head of Coaching for HPSNZ

Former New South Wales Waratahs and Bay of Plenty Steamers head coach Daryl Gibson has been appointed Head of Coaching at HPSNZ.

The HPSNZ Coaching team supports the development of coaches at all stages of the high performance coaching pathway through a range of targeted programmes, as well as providing coaching consultants to support specific high performance campaigns.

Gibson comes to HPSNZ from his current role as a Principal Advisor at the Ministry of Education.

“I am excited to be joining the team at HPSNZ and by the opportunity to contribute to the High Performance coaching pathway,” Daryl Gibson says.

Gibson brings a wealth of coaching experience to his HPSNZ role having been assistant coach with the Crusaders and the Māori All Blacks before taking up head coaching roles with the Waratahs and most recently the Steamers. He remains assistant coach of the Flying Fijians.

As a player Gibson made 168 combined appearances for Canterbury and the Crusaders from 1993-2002, earning 19 caps for the All Blacks and representing the Māori All Blacks 12 times.

He is a qualified Physical Education teacher, who has a degree in Commerce (Organisational Leadership) and two Master’s degrees in Education (including one in Sports Coaching).

He will begin his HPSNZ role on 1 December.