Former East London resident Jason Le Roux is making a name for himself after being appointed the acting co-ordinator for the Madibaz High Performance Centre at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth.
Le Roux initially planned to take up a position as a squash coach at UCT after completing his honours in sport science at NMU, but changed his plans after an internship opened up at the EC Academy of Sport in 2014.
He was appointed to his current position after completing his internship and took over from former Eastern Province player Richard Driscoll.
“At that stage, Richard was happy to move on and asked me if I would mind taking over the coaching of Madibaz squash,” Le Roux said.
He said his aim for his players was always for them to achieve their best, but also cautioned that the focus for all students should be their academics.
“As a mentor to them, I want them to see that squash is a sideline to their future and studies,” Le Roux said.
“Once you know the time you have for it, give it everything in that time and seek enjoyment out of improving and being the best you can be.”
Le Roux also said the most important thing for players to remember was to have fun.
“My main goal as a coach is to keep these players playing squash and to help them enjoy squash.
“From there, it is coaching them to improve and how to be the best,” he said.