Ryan appointed England 21/U coach for World Cup


The decision to move to England and further his coaching career is proving a fruitful one for former Adelaide Thunderbirds assistant Dan Ryan.

Ryan, who headed north last year to take charge of the Manchester Thunder in the UK Superleague, has now been appointed coach of the England 21/U side for the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana.

“I feel incredibly privileged and fortunate to be entrusted by England Netball to lead the 21’s to the World Youth Cup,” Ryan said.

“The World Youth Cup is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for underage athletes and I’m really committed to making this a successful experience for them.

“I cannot wait to start working with the group and see what we can achieve together over the next two years.

“There is some incredible young talent in this country, so from my point of view there is so much opportunity for this group to be really successful.

“That’s what we will be working towards every time we step on the court.”

Ryan will also continue to coach the Thunder in the Superleague.

The 31-year-old spent four years as an assistant coach to Jane Woodlands-Thompson at the Thunderbirds in the ANZ Championship.

He also led the Southern Force in the 2013 Australian Netball League season and was an assistant to Tania Obst – who coincidently will be coaching the Australian 21/U side at the 2017 World Youth Cup – in 2015.

“My philosophy is very much centred on hard work, intensity and an uncompromising approach to doing the basic things well,” Ryan said.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to be exposed to some really successful high performance environments during my time in Australia and the ANZ Championship and that experience has played a huge role in my overall development as a coach.”

Netball Australia congratulates Ryan on his recent appointment.