Rob Wright will lead the NSW Swifts in the new national netball league, re-signing with the NSW Swifts until 2020, with the option to extend the contract for a further two years.
Wright has been involved with the Swifts for seven years, as head coach since 2014 and an assistant coach four seasons prior to that.
He has led the Swifts to two back-to-back Grand Final appearances and says he is proud to take the Swifts into a new chapter.
“I am a firm believer in the NSW Swifts, which is why it was a no-brainer for me to continue my relationship with Netball NSW into the new Australian-only elite netball competition from 2017,” Wright said.
“We have worked hard to instil a strong culture and winning environment and I have a lot of belief in the future of the Club.”
Yesterday the NSW Swifts were defeated by two goals by the Queensland Firebirds in an extended extra-time thriller in the final ANZ Championship Grand Final.
Wright said the determination from his playing group throughout the intense match was pleasing.
“Obviously, yesterday’s result was not the one we wanted, but the fight that the team showed, the effort, the gutsy play – I could not be prouder to be leading this Club and I’m really excited about the next chapter,” Wright said.
Netball NSW CEO Carolyn Campbell said Wright was the ‘right man’ to continue leading the Swifts Club into 2017 and beyond.
“Rob is well respected by our players, staff and organisation, and in fact across the entire netball community,” Campbell said.
“He brings a unique set of talents and experience with his coaching, including a brilliant analytical mind and incredible use of technology to better understand the game.
“He has shown great dedication in creating the best possible environment for NSW Swifts players, coaching and staff, and has our full confidence he is the best person to guide the Club into the next exciting chapter.”