2014 State Team Appointments


Netball NSW has announced a number of appointments to both the NSW State teams and Sydney Netball Academy team ahead of the 2014 season.

Dianne Brown has been appointed as NSW 21/U Assistant Coach and will support the team’s Head Coach Megan Simpson in this year’s Nationals campaign.

Brown is the incumbent Assistant Coach of the NSW 21/U team and is a highly qualified and experienced coach in the High Performance arena having recently run the Northern Territory Institute of Sport.

Jen Wright (née Huggett) has been named Sydney Netball Academy Head Coach for 2014.

Wright was an Assistant Coach of the 2013 Sydney Netball Academy team who won the 2013 NIB Games held in Newcastle, going through the tournament undefeated.  She was also recently appointed as Head Coach of reigning Champions, Eastwood Ryde, in this year’s DOOLEYS State League Waratah Cup (Division One).

Experienced Team Manager Deb Kassing has been appointed to the position of Team Manager for both NSW 17/U and the Sydney Netball Academy for the forthcoming season.

“With the appointments of Di Brown and Jen Wright to their respective positions, we have now finalised our coaches for each State Team and believe we have the personnel in place to complement and lead the Netball NSW performance culture and the way we want to play the game,” said General Manager – High Performance, Tracey Fear.

As part of last year’s review of its High Performance set-up, Netball NSW identified the need for additional medical services support across the teams and will be appointing a Lead Physiotherapist and Assistant Physiotherapist to the NSW 17/U & NSW 19/U teams in 2014.

Daniel Vukovic, who has worked with both the NSW Swifts and NSW State teams for a number of years, has been appointed as the Physiotherapist for NSW 21/U.

Nathaniel Harnett will hold the position of Lead Physiotherapist for NSW 19/U and will be supported by a yet to be appointed Assistant Physiotherapist.

Emily Boulton Smith has been named Lead Physiotherapist for NSW 17/U, with an Assistant Physiotherapist to be appointed.

“While our athletes have always had access to excellent medical support, we felt that with the increased physical demands now expected of our developing elite athletes, that this medical structure will provide an enhanced level of support and help minimise the risk of injury,” said Tracey Fear.

The remaining Assistant Physiotherapist appointments and Assistant Coaches for NSW 17/U Development Team as well as the Sydney Netball Academy will be announced in due course.