Pietie Coetzee was hired as an Indiana assistant coach on Sept. 7. Widely regarded as one of the top strikers in the world for the South African Field Hockey National Team, Coetzee comes to Bloomington with more than four years of coaching experience and an unparalleled international playing experience.
Robertson believes the addition of Coetzee to the Hoosier staff will pay immediate dividends.
"Pietie is a world class and world-renowned hockey player who will add a wealth of international playing and coaching experience to our team," Robertson said. "She will be able to assist greatly with our attacking play and scoring output. Along with an incredible playing career, Pietie has a lot of experience as a head coach for high school and college level field hockey in South Africa. This is an incredible opportunity and one that will have an impact on our program for seasons to come."
Coetzee comes to Indiana after serving as head coach at the University of Johannesburg since January of 2005. In addition to coaching one the strongest programs in South Africa, Coetzee oversaw the program's 16 coaches, clinics, budgeting, recruitment and equipment management.
In addition to her duties at the University of Johannesburg, Coetzee simultaneously served as a coach at Bastion High School and Krugersdorp High School in Johannesburg beginning in August of 2002.
While at Bastion, Coetzee led the girls' team to a league title in 2005 and a runner-up finish in 2006. From January 2004-January 2005, Coetzee served as Rand Afrikaans University's clinic organizer, after working as a data capturer for the Southern Gauteng Hockey Association from January 2003 through April 2003.
In addition to her extensive coaching background, Coetzee is a world-class field hockey player. A nine-year member of the South African National Team, Coetzee is a two-time South African Hockey Association Player of the Year (1998, 2002), along with being named Gauteng Player of the Year in 2000 and 2002.
During her player career, she represented South Africa in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. Additionally, Coetzee was the top goal-scorer at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 2003 World Cup in Perth, Australia. In total, Coetzee competed in 196 international field hockey contests and scored an impressive 198 goals.
Prior to her career with the South African National Team, Coetzee played three seasons in Holland for Dutch Club Amsterdam and Klein Switzerland.
Coetzee earned her bachelor's degree in sport psychology from Rand Afrikaans University in 2003. At Rand Afrikaans University, she was named Sportswoman of the Year on four consecutive occasions (2000-03).
Coetzee was born on Sept. 2, 1979, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Coetzee also enjoys golf, traveling, cycling, the outdoors and cooking.
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