Men’s Netball New South Wales (MNNSW) this week will reveal its biggest coaching signings in its multi-decade history, when we announce the head coaches of the State Men’s Open and 23&U teams.
The soon to be named star duo come to the Men’s and Mixed version of the game as two of the most highly credentialed coaches in the Women’s game locally and nationally. The signings are tipped to turn heads around the country, as NSW ups the ante on its high performance plan and programming.
“If you look around the country, all levels of Men’s and Mixed netball are enhancing programming in leaps and bounds. These appointments will give our state an exciting new approach to high performance from two of the countries most accomplished pathway coaches.” President Clare McCabe said.
The appointments kickstart a new decade of netball for the Harbour state, delayed to 2021 by a COVID-induced cancellation of Nationals for 2020. The state program ended the naughteens ranked second in opens and 23’s, making significant improvements from where the state started the last decade.
“We implemented the first stages of a high performance plan all those years ago aiming to get us back on the map and amongst the top states. We blooded our youth, rebuilt depth in the program and won titles along the way in both divisions. We know our playing group are ready to re-claim top spots, and are itching to get back out on court after the pandemic pause. To have two coaches adding such new dimensions to our high performance plan to get there and stay there is an exciting proposition for us and our athletes.” McCabe added.
These two coaches are no strangers to producing titles and making champions, each bringing a bevy of successes in both categories of the Women’s game.
“The 23’s group of athletes is a nest of talent and our Open’s list riddled with with national and international stars. Pair that with coaches who have winning track records the future is looking exciting for our state program.” McCabe said.
The coaching list will be sequentially released over the next week, with the two new additions joining a broader squad of more familiar faces and coaches that McCabe has called “the perfect mix of new thinking, experienced campaigners and showing a commitment to lead our athletes and support the Association in it’s growth”. The full coaching squad will then be building the season plan ahead of first player trials later in the year.