McIntosh to oversee Centre of Excellence program

Jill McIntosh_credit John SherwellFormer Australian coach Jill McIntosh has been appointed as Residential Coach for this year’s Centre of Excellence program.

Netball Australia’s Head of High Performance Andrew Collins said McIntosh, pictured left, would replace Michelle den Dekker and oversee the four-week residential program at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra in late August and early September.

den Dekker has stepped down from her Centre of Excellence coaching duties following her appointment as coach of the Adelaide Thunderbirds in the ANZ Championship.

McIntosh, one of two coaches to lead Australia to a Commonwealth Games Gold Medal, is currently working as Technical Director to Netball Jamaica ahead of the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015. She will finish in that role at the conclusion of the Netball World Cup and commence her Centre of Excellence contract.

“I am very much looking forward to the opportunity of being able to work with and contribute to the development of some of Australia’s brightest young netballers and future Diamonds,” McIntosh said.

“I am extremely grateful to once again be working within the AIS environment.”

scan0013McIntosh played 29 Tests for Australia and then coached the national team for a further 94 Test matches, winning 88 of those. She led Australia to world championship titles in 1995 and 1999 and Commonwealth Games Gold Medals in 1998 and 2002.

Collins congratulated den Dekker on her appointment to the Adelaide Thunderbirds job and the contribution she has made to establishing the Centre of Excellence program over the past 18 months.

“Michelle has bought an understanding of what it takes to be a successful athlete at the international level and pass on that wisdom to some of our brightest talent,” Collins said.

“She has a real passion for ensuring that our talented athletes are getting the very best information and coaching support, including working with developing coaches around Australia to ensure they have a contemporary perspective on the technical and tactical requirements of a modern netballer.

“While Michelle will be greatly missed, we are very fortunate to have Jill McIntosh take over as the Residential Coach of the Netball Centre of Excellence program in 2015.  Jill has a rich history as one of Australia’s greatest ever coaches and has a deep understanding of the game at all levels.

“She will provide a great learning environment for our identified Netball Centre of Excellence athletes.”

Netball Australia will name the 14 athletes chosen in the 2015 Centre of Excellence residential intake at the end of the month.