Kristy Keppich-Birrell has been named the inaugural coach of national netball league preferred bidder Collingwood.
The Melbourne-local was caretaker coach for the final five games of the Adelaide Thunderbirds’ season, after holding the position of assistant coach at the club.
She is no stranger to success, leading Victorian Fury to back-to-back Australian Netball League premierships in 2014 and 2015.
A qualified school teacher, Keppich-Birrell joins General Manager of Netball, Jen McIntyre and General Manager of Next Generation Academies, Graeme Allan as the key pillars charged with establishing the direction of the start-up side and recruiting its foundation players and support staff.
“Our expectations will be high and we make no excuse in aiming to be the greatest club. A place where athletes are challenged to find their edge as individuals, and most importantly create a team culture that empowers everyone involved to live our agreed values,” Keppich-Birrell said.
McIntyre brings nearly two decades of sports administration experience to the club, having held high performance roles at Netball Victoria and at several of Melbourne’s private schools.
Allan returned to Collingwood earlier this year in a role committed to the development, and search for, new talent across the club’s incoming teams and programs.
Netball Australia is currently working with the existing and new teams, together with the Australian Netball Players Association, to finalise arrangements for the new league. It is expected that all eight team licenses will be locked in by the time the ANZ Championship winds up on 31 July, with final details on athlete contracting and player payments to be announced very shortly.
From: Collingwood Football Club