Netball Australia has today announced Samsung Diamonds assistant coach Roselee Jencke OAM has made the decision to step down from her role with the national team for family reasons.
Appointed as Diamonds assistant coach in 2015, Jencke is recognised as one of the nation’s leading netball coaches and has been instrumental in the development of the sport over the past decade.
The Queensland Firebirds head coach cited family reasons and life-balance were contributing factors in stepping away from the national setup.
“I have enjoyed my time with the Diamonds, it has been an honour to work with such talented coaches and players.
“This decision wasn’t taken lightly, but a necessary one at this time in my life. The extra travel and time away has taken its toll, and I look forward to more time with my family.
“I’m really enjoying my role at the Firebirds and believe Suncorp Super Netball provides a genuine pathway for coaches with ambitions of working with the national team.
“Netball globally is in a really exciting period and I can’t wait to see the next wave of talented Diamonds come through the ranks and make their mark on the sport,” Jencke said.
Diamonds head coach Lisa Alexander thanked Jencke for her contribution to the national team.
“Roselee has influenced and inspired a generation of Australian players in her role as Diamonds assistant coach, and will continue to do so through her work at all levels of netball.
“She was instrumental in guiding the Diamonds defensive group.
“We are sad to see Roselee leave the national coaching ranks, but totally respect and understand her decision, and wish her well for the remainder of the Suncorp Super Netball season,” Alexander said.