Cox explores coaching options

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Veteran Australian netballer Catherine Cox may have played her last game of international and domestic netball, but she has vowed to continue her involvement in the sport as she eyes a career in coaching.

“I would never walk away, I can’t. It has been too long and it’s clearly what I know the best,” Cox said following the Grand Final.

“A few coaching offers have come up and we will just see what happens with them.”

Cox, who played her final netball game in the 2014 ANZ Championship Grand Final last Sunday, is looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities netball can offer her as she completes her coaching accreditation.

“I would love to do some mentoring; it’s probably a bit more down my alley. I love that side of it and being a person who can give advice and encouragement to junior players coming through,” Cox said.

Cox believes her vast netball experience and undertaking a different role as a bench player for the Melbourne Vixens this season, will enable her to be a well-rounded coach and mentor.

“I think it is a position I would be great at, having done so much of it naturally for a long, long time,” Cox said.

With a 108 Test appearance stat to her name, the shooter saw limited court time after joining the Vixens at the start of the season, playing a cameo role off the bench behind Karyn Bailey and Tegan Caldwell.

The 2014 season provided Cox a glimpse into her future.

“Who would have thought at the age of 38 that I would be finding new challenges, but sitting on the bench tested me a lot and taught me a lot about myself and I feel like I can pass on a lot of that knowledge onto others now,” Cox said.

“I love the players asking me for advice and I feel like I’ve got some to give, even just stepping into this finals period, it was about ‘what do you know about finals’ which is nice.

“I’ve got another string to my bow dealing with being on the bench and how you cope with that so I think it’s a position that I would be great at, having done so much of it naturally for a long time.”

Earlier this month Cox completed her Intermediate Coaching Accreditation and is planning to undertake the Advanced Coaching Accreditation in the near future.

Cox hangs up her bib after a stellar netball career which began in 1995 with the AIS. She has an ANZ Championship career that spans over seven years and represented three teams; the NSW Swifts, West Coast Fever and the Melbourne Vixens.

Cox made her international debut in 1997, and is one of only four Australian players to have over 100 international Test appearances in an international career that spanned over 16 years.

The 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and dual world champion said she looked forward to what the future has in store.

“It’s nice to know that I’ll never have to do another pre-season again.”