Coaches in the spotlight at National Champs

The players weren’t the only ones whose performances had eyes on them at the 2018 National Netball Championships.

A group of Australia’s best emerging coaches were also carefully monitored and mentored throughout the 17/U and 19/U National Championships in Adelaide, as they take the next step in their coaching development.

The coaches, who are part of the National Targeted Coach Program, were closely watched throughout the week by experienced mentors Gillian Lee and Jane Searle.

Four coaches passed the practical component of their Elite Coach Accreditation during the Championships:  South Australian 19/U coach Kirsty Leonard-Down, South Australian 17/U coach Leanne Cummins, Tasmanian 17/U coach Alicia Sargent and NSW 17/U coach Nerida Stewart.

Netball Australia General Manager – Coach and International Development, Julia Lawrence, said that to have four coaches pass their Elite Coach matchday assessment in the same week was an enormous achievement.

“This is huge, as we only had seven Elite Accreditations awarded nationally for the whole of 2017,” Lawrence said.


Searle and Lee sat courtside while critiquing and providing feedback on each coach’s game and opposition analysis before, during and after their matches.

All 16 state team coaches received mentoring during the tournament, while another group of State Mentors have also had the opportunity to shadow Searle and Lee.

Further opportunities for coaches within the Targeted Coach Program will be offered at the National 17/U Squad camp, to be held later this year.