Northerns Seniors Head Coach
A fine all-round sportsman who excelled at cricket, hockey and rugby at Floors Secondary School in Kimberley, Northerns seniors Head Coach JP Triegaardt became involved in coaching at a young age.
In fact, Triegaardt was already coaching through most of his playing career, which saw the wicketkeeper/batsman turn out 58 times for Griquas and on a handful of occasions for the VKB Knights. His playing opportunities were limited to an extent by the presence of Wendell Bossenger in Kimberley, who played 109 matches and made the fifth most dismissals in South African domestic history (376) and also scored 6189 runs at an average of 37.73.
Although he played Craven Week rugby, Triegaardt was given a bursary to Wits University for hockey, but he had to turn it down for family reasons. While working in retail at the time, he was approached by Eugene Jacobs, the manager of Griquas amateur cricket, who recommended he start coaching, which he did at Pescodia Primary School, which he had earlier attended as a child.
He went through all the courses, from mini-cricket to a Level III coach and then Bossenger became a great influence on his coaching career, inviting Triegaardt help him with the Griquas team. In 2013, Triegaardt took over as the head coach and he helped the Northern Cape side to four trophies before taking up the reins with Northerns in 2017. The 34-year-old says he was extremely grateful for the massive opportunities Northern Cape cricket gave him, but he needed new challenges and the opportunity to work in a franchise system.
Triegaardt was one of the coaches at the national academy for three years, crediting head coach Shukri Conrad with massive growth in his cricket mentality, and he was also the South African ‘A’ assistant coach under Vincent Barnes.