Netball Mainland has named three coaches to assist head coach Marianne Delaney-Hoshek for the 2017 Beko Netball League campaign.
Peter McInnes, Rachel Stead and former Silver Fern Anna Galvan will share the duties as assistant coach in the second year of the Beko Netball League. The competition, which enjoyed a successful debut on the domestic scene last year, will run from early April until June and underpin the new ANZ Premiership in New Zealand.
Netball Mainland performance manager Jen Hooper said they were excited to be able to have three of their coaches involved in the environment.
“This is giving an opportunity for three assistant coaches to gain experience in a performance environment and grow their own capability which is key to the Zone’s success moving forward,” she said.
McInnes, who coached the Lincoln University Premier Club team last season, is the first Mainland coach to complete the Netball New Zealand (NNZ) Performance Coach Award and was the New World Volunteer Coach of the Year in 2015.
“He brings a strong knowledge in helping players identify their strengths and work-ons so they can continually learn and grow,” Hooper said.
Stead has also been a part of the NNZ Performance Coach Award since 2015 and has been a successful head coach of the Christchurch under-19 team for the past five years.
“Rachel has a philosophy of creating a non-hierarchical team culture which fosters questioning, sharing and accountability.”
Hooper said the inclusion of Galvan brings a former player who has a strong technical knowledge of the game.
“Anna has a wealth of experience as a player and she is a high energy and competitive person.”
Galvan – who was a defender for the Silver Ferns and was part of the semi-professional era with both the Tactix and Southern Steel – is also new to the NNZ Performance Coach Award this year and was a co-coach of the Christchurch under-17 team which won the national championships in 2014.
The trio join Delaney-Hoshek who has a dual coaching role within the Zone both as Mainland Tactix assistant coach in the new ANZ Premiership and as head coach for Mainland in the Beko Netball League.