Rosman’s a high achiever in coaching ranks

2014 Round 10 ANZ Championship gameThunderbirds v FeverWest Coast Fever coach Stacey Rosman had double reason to celebrate this week.

Not only did Rosman win her first match in charge of Fever in the ANZ Championship, she’s also achieved her High Performance Coaching Accreditation, the highest accreditation for coaches in Australia.

Rosman, who started the process in 2013, will be presented with her certificate by Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander ahead of Fever’s Round 2 ANZ Championship match against New Zealand side the Northern Mystics in Perth this Sunday.

Alexander said Rosman had a bright coaching future ahead of her.

“Stacey has taken her love of the game from being an athlete to working her way through the coaching pathway. I’m so delighted that she chose to do that and that she persevered and has now has this very significant achievement of getting her High Performance accreditation,” Alexander said.

“She’s very young to have reached that level and, really, the world is her oyster in terms of coaching. She’s only going to get better as she gets more experience.

Western Sting ANL coach Stacey Rosman“She has a terrific work ethic and passion for learning. The way that she does her preparation for matches is second to none and the way that she’s completed this professional development has been outstanding.

“I’m absolutely thrilled for her.”

The Fever’s clash with the Mystics will also create a piece of ANZ Championship history as it will be the first time that the Challenge Trophy – an exciting new initiative introduced to the league in 2015 – has been contested.

Fever will be the first team to defend the trophy and will retain it until such time they are beaten on their home court. A Mystics win will see them take the trophy back to New Zealand.

Sunday will be Fever’s first home game of the season and Rosman declares they have no plans to let the Challenge Trophy leave Perth just yet.

“We had a lot of supporters in Queensland last Sunday and the green certainly stood out,” Rosman said.

“It’s amazing how much that support does make a difference to the side and the girls are really excited about being in front of our home crowd for the first time this year.

“So we just encourage everyone to put on their green and come along and cheer.”

You can watch the West Coast Fever and Northern Mystics battle it out for the Challenge Trophy on FOX SPORTS on Sunday. The match starts at 11.18am, local time.