Graduate takes art of coaching to Brazil

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26 Jul 2012

CPIT Bachelor of Applied Science graduate Darryn Collins is off to Brazil at the end of this month to start his new role as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Brazilian Rugby Confederation. He credits his success to the practical skills learned through his Sport and Exercise Science specialisation, in the form of work experience with the Canterbury Rugby Football Union (CRFU).

“The experience and relationships built through my work experience as part of the degree have really opened doors for me. I would not have secured this job without building networks and gaining valuable hands on experience. There is a big difference between learning the science of coaching and the art. You can’t learn the art in a book. This is the reason I chose CPIT,” Collins says.


As part of his work experience, Collins spent time working in the International High Performance Unit with sports professionals from around the world, including Japan, Russia, Chile, USA and the UK. This experience in particular will serve him well in his new coaching role, training a team who speak Portuguese as their first language.

“It will be a challenge but I feel I am up to it and I am working hard to learn Portuguese before I depart,” he says

The psychology learned through his degree is something Collins will have in the back of his mind each day as a coach. He believes that his coaching style caters to the individual and he aims to install a hard work ethic in his players.

“Training depends on the individual and their strengths and weaknesses. Knowing these and how to build them up to where they need to be is the real skill of the job,” he says.

Long term, Collins is aiming high, eyeing up the job of strength and conditioning coach for the All Blacks.