Rhett Halkett succeeds Lucas Judge as assistant coach of the Netherlands
South African Rhett Halkett has been appointed as assistant coach of national coach Alyson Annan at the Oranje Dames with immediate effect. He succeeds Lucas Judge who retires from the Dutch team because of his appointment as coach of the SCHC ladies.
34-year-old Halkett played more than 150 times for the South Africa national team between 2009 and 2018. With the team he participated three times in a World Cup (2010, 2014 and 2018), twice the Commonwealth Games (2010 and 2014) and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He also played in the Netherlands with Laren and Den Bosch. After his career as a player, he gained experience as a coach, including in Germany as an assistant to the ladies of the Uhlenhorster Hockey Club.
Diversity and international experience
National coach Annan is looking forward to the collaboration with Halkett: ‘We were looking for someone with different, innovative insights. Someone who can look at the team neutrally without prior knowledge and who comes up with new ideas. A different culture as a background can provide a good basis for this. I am convinced that Rhett with his diversity of international experience will be an asset to the coaching team. ‘
Halkett himself is also enthusiastic about his new appointment: ‘This position is a great opportunity for me and I am honored to be able to contribute to the development of the team. I look forward to working with Alyson, the players and the rest of the staff on the preparations for the Olympic Games in Tokyo! ‘
In addition to his position at the Orange Ladies, Halkett will fulfill the role of assistant to the men of HBS, who play in the Promotion Class, next season.