COETZEE Pietie < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA South Africa   
Gender Women
Born 02 Sep 1978 in Bloemfontein, SAF
Height1.76 m
Weight 69 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Fiancee Roxy Turner
Residence Johannesburg, RSA
Occupation Athlete, Coach
Languages Afrikaans, Dutch, English
Higher education Medicine, Psychology - University of Johannesburg: South Africa
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing hockey at age six at school.
Why this sport? "It's got action, it's a team sport and a fast moving game."
Club / Team Southern Gauteng: South Africa
Name of coach Giles Bonnet [national]
Coach from which country? South Africa
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward
International Debut
Year 1995
Competing for South Africa
Opponent Spain
Tournament International Tournament
Location United States
General Interest
Nicknames Pieta (Athlete, 24 Mar 2000)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Live in the moment." (Athlete, 06 Oct 2010)
Awards and honours She was named in the International Hockey Federation's [FIH] All-Star team in 2011. She was also nominated for the FIH Women's Player of the Year in 2011. (fih.ch, 10 Apr 2012)

She was named the South African Hockey Player of the Year in 1997 and 2002. (Planet Field Hockey, 16 Nov 2002)
Famous relatives Her fiancee Roxy Turner has played hockey for South Africa. (Roxy Turner Facebook profile, 06 Dec 2013)
Other information INTERNATIONAL RECORDS
With two goals against Ghana in January 2013 she became the first player to notch 250 international goals. She had previously become the all-time leading scorer in senior international women's hockey in June 2011, surpassing the previous record of 220 held by Russian Natalya Krasnikova. At age 16 in 1995 she became the youngest player to represent South Africa in a full international. (iol.co.za, 26 Jan 2013; southafrica.info, 22 Jun 2011)

RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
She retired from international hockey in 2006. During her break she studied sports medicine at the University of Johannesburg, became a paramedic and opened 15 hockey clinics in South Africa. She announced her decision to return to the national team in July 2010. (dailymail.co.uk, 17 Feb 2012)

COACH
In 2014 she was appointed coach of the women's team at Wits Hockey in South Africa. She had previously worked as head coach of the University of Johannesburg hockey team and as an assistant coach at Indiana University in the United States. (sgha.co.za, 21 Jan 2014; iuhoosiers.cstv.com, 25 Aug 2010)

PLAYING IN THE NETHERLANDS
She played for Amsterdam in the Netherlands in the late 1990s, and also had a short spell with NMHC Nijmegen in 2007. (pietiecoetzee.co.za, 24 Jan 2013)