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Tuks 1 cricket coach Pierre de Bruyn has been at the helm of TuksCricket since April 2010 and in this short time has elevated the standard of TuksCricket to new heights. In his short, but so far, very successful tenure as the Director of Cricket at Tuks and the Tuks 1 coach, he has put together a remarkable record. De Bruyn has led his side to a clean sweep of 38 out of 38 Premiere League victories and won four trophies in 2011. He also led his side to victory in the USSA championships which was hosted by Tuks last year December. Tuks were unbeaten in the week long tournament which consisted of the top 16 universities in the country. De Bruyn said that this tournament was the pinnacle for Tuks 1 and that it is the only way of judging themselves against other universities. His achievements as Tuks 1 coach and his experience as a cricketer was rewarded when he started commentating for Supersport in 2010. He is now a familiar voice in the commentating box in domestic franchise cricket. Above that de Bruyn has also been appointed as The Convenor of Selectors for Northerns Cricket. More recently though he was handed the post of SA Universities Head Coach. De Bruyn will coach this side in a triangular series in Kimberley. The side will consist of all the top players from various universities. De Bruyn’s success as a coach can be attributed to his lengthy professional cricketing career which spans over 15 years. He started his career at the tender age of 18 for the Northern Transvaal. He then played for Easterns Cricket and then for the Titans once the two unions merged. De Bruyn also played 10 seasons of cricket in England as an overseas professional. De Bruyn’s achievements also extended to that of being part of the National Academy in 1996 and representing South Africa in the Hong Kong sixes. De Bruyn’s career includes over 100 first class games, 115 one-day games and 30 T/20 games. The all-round ability of bowling, batting and wicket keeping in his career, sometimes all in one game, adds value to his expertise as Tuks 1 coach.
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