Victoria announces Fury and Flames support staff

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Netball Victoria has announced the coaching line-up set to lead the Victorian Fury and Victorian Flames ahead of the 2014 Australian Netball League season.

With the announcement of the two head coaches in February earlier this year, the Fury will be assisted by Boroondara Genesis  Championship coach Robynn Pym who has extensive coaching experience with the Victorian Netball League, Academy Squads, Victorian state teams and worked with regional zones from across Victoria.

Taking up the Fury apprentice coach role is former Melbourne Vixen Wendy Jacobsen, keen to continue her development in the elite coaching pathway for Victoria.

Fresh from achieving her Elite Coaching Accreditation in the National Coaching Framework, Victorian 17/U state team coach Leesa Gallard steps up to assist the Flames after completing the apprentice coaching role last year with the Fury, with Katie Upton appointed to the position for the 2014 season.

Netball Victoria General Manger of Netball Operations Michelle Gerdtz said that the Victorian Fury and Flames teams were “not only instrumental in the development of players and umpires, but provided a fantastic opportunity for coaches in the Netball Victoria pathway to excel and achieve their goals.”

“Having both the Fury and Flames competing in the Australian Netball League is not only beneficial in terms of our players development, but this also doubles the amount of opportunities available for our Victorian coaches to receive exposure on the national level,” Ms Gerdtz said.

“The quality of the coaches who both applied and were appointed is reflective of the investment by Netball Victoria in our coaching development pathways and programs over a number of years. “

The 2014 Australian Netball League begins 4 July with nominations for Victorian athletes now open.

Victorian Fury
Head Coach: Kristy Keppich-Birrel
Assistant Coach: Robynn Pym
Team Manager: Ann Marie Poston
Physiotherapist: Darren Austin
Apprentice Coach: Wendy Jacobsen

Victorian Flames
Head Coach: Cathy Fellows
Assistant Coach: Leesa Gallard
Team Manager Lauren Darvell
Physiotherapist: Amanda Schulz
Apprentice Coach: Katie Upton