In her inaugural season with the Victorian Fury in 2013, head coach Stacey West helped lead the undefeated Victorian side back to the top of the table and secure the Australian Netball League premiership.
Fury will now be on the lookout for a new coach as West steps back from the role to manage her career and family life.
After extensive discussion, negotiation and reflection with both Netball Victoria and Netball Australia, West made the decision to step down from the Fury program, unable to commit the “level of professionalism and dedication that it requires, and more importantly, what the program and athletes deserve from a coach.”
With increased work commitments and responsibilities as the National Pathway Manager at Netball Australia, and with the High Performance unit moving towards the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and World Netball Cup in 2015, West said the ability to juggle all of her passions meant that something had to give.
“It was an extremely difficult and emotional decision but unfortunately I cannot commit fully to the Victorian Fury program,” Ms West said.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the athletes and support staff from Netball Victoria. Going through the season undefeated and winning the premiership was such a great achievement for all involved and I wish everyone future successes for the 2014 season.”
Netball Victoria High Performance Manager Eloise Southby said West bought enthusiasm, creativity and flare to the Fury head coach position.
“Netball Victoria respects Stacey’s decision and we thank her for all of the hard work she put into the team this year,” Ms Southby said.
“She delivered an undefeated premiership team in her year with the Victorian Fury and this speaks for itself as a fantastic achievement.”
“We wish Stacey all the best with her future endeavours.”
Netball Victoria will advertise for the 2014 Victorian Fury head coach position in the coming days.