Gordon Tietjens is considered to be one of the finest coaches of any sport in the world.
Gordon is known for his no nonsense leadership style and uncanny ability to spot raw new talent. Whether it's the motivation he injects into his teams, his refusal to accept anything but the best from his players, or his absolute belief in his ability to pick and coach people to be the best they can be, Gordon is a remarkable man with a remarkable track record in sport and working with winning teams.
Gordon is a compelling and fascinating conference speaker and will motivate and inspire your team to achieve the most that they can.
Many of these principles have been mirrored throughout his 30 year career with Bay Engineers Supplies where he recently made the transition from General Manager to Strategic Sales Director.
Wins: He has led New Zealand's dominating run in the world of rugby sevens throughout the 1990s and 2000s. In the 14 years since the IRB Rugby World Series has been run, he has won 11 World Titles and four Commonwealth Games Gold Medals in Kuala Lumpar ('98), Manchester ('02), Melbourne ('06) and Delhi ('10). He was named the New Zealand Rugby Union Coach of the year in 2010, recognised for guiding his team to a fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal.
Awards: In 1999 he was awarded the NZ Order of Merit in the New Zealand's Honours List and in 2007 the Insignia of a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. In 2012 Gordon became the 49th inductee into the International Rugby Board's Hall of Fame. The commemorative cap and gold pin were presented at an awards ceremony at Twickenham, shortly after New Zealand clinched their 11th World Series title from 14 attempts. Gordon was further promoted in 2013 to a Knight Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to rugby after 19 years of coaching the All Black Sevens.
History: Gordon represented New Zealand in rugby sevens in 1983 and played 86 games for Bay of Plenty between 1981 and 1989.
Author: In May 2006 Gordon published an autobiography titled Titch Sevens is My Game.