Peterson laying strong foundations at Warriors

Robin Peterson

Robin Peterson

As a player Robin Peterson was a plucky character, always giving everything for the cause and fighting valiantly till the bitter end.

Whether it was for the Proteas or at domestic level, his all-round determination never wavered, and he has carried that winning attitude into coaching too.

Appointed as interim head coach of the Warriors during the early part of the past season, the 40-year-old enjoyed a productive campaign with the Eastern Cape franchise, who he helped finished third in both the first-class and List A competitions.

In both tournaments, his team would have had a shot of glory had it not been for the COVID-19 pandemic curtailing the 2019/20 term early.

Nonetheless, it was an excellent first year at the helm, ending with him subsequently securing a full-time deal and also earning a nomination for the 2020 Cricket South Africa (CSA) Awards.

The former South Africa all-rounder is competing with Imperial Lions mentor Wandile Gwavu and Proteas Team Director Mark Boucher in the category of PitchVision Coach of the Year.

Peterson has always been modest about his accomplishments, always putting his team before personal glorification.

“It’s not really about me,” he said. “I’m just here to support the players, to help them realise their potential and help them to fulfil that potential.

“This first season was not about me or whether I had a good first year as a franchise coach.

“The only satisfaction I have is that there’s certain players that are starting to realise their potential.

“Overall and considering the circumstances, I think it was satisfying.

“Of course, I started the job late and you need a couple of months in the job to sort of win guys over, to gain the trust of one another and I felt that towards the end of the season we were getting there.”

Peterson, who hails from Port Elizabeth, stepped down as a player when he retired in 2016. This after a career that spanned well over 15 years, more than of those playing for his country.

In the aftermath of his retirement, he worked as a technical consultant for the South Africa Under-19s, the national academy and South African A team. He has also coached the Barbados Tridents and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League.

His record this past season read 2-2-4 (win-loss-draw) in eight 4-Day Domestic Series matches and 5-4-1 (win-loss-no result) in the Momentum One-Day Cup.

The gala event to honour South Africa’s top performing cricketers over the past year will take place on Saturday, July 4 2020, in a virtual ceremony because of the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus.