Netball NSW is pleased to announce that Julie Fitzgerald is returning home to New South Wales to take up the role of Head Coach of the organisation’s new team for the 2017 National Netball League, in a three year appointment.
Today’s announcement marks a welcome return to NSW for Fitzgerald, who has forged a reputation as a world-class coach throughout her career, and been revered for her holistic and engaging approach to coaching at every level.
Fitzgerald said she was delighted to be returning home and looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that coaching the new Netball NSW-owned team* would bring.
“I am honoured and thrilled to be returning to New South Wales at such an exciting time for netball,” Fitzgerald said.
“I am NSW born and bred and the opportunity to be part of setting up a new team in my home State was one I couldn’t turn down.
“I have loved every minute of my time in New Zealand and will be eternally grateful to all of the wonderful people I met and worked with there, but for me this is a chance to go home and be part of a wonderful new adventure and a chance to build something unique.
“Not everyone gets the chance to help create a new team and club culture and working with local talent is something that always has, and continues to, excite me.”
Fitzgerald also boasts international experience, most recently as Head Coach of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic (2014-2016), as an Assistant Coach for the Australian Diamonds (2012), two years as Head Netball Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport (2011-2013) and inaugural – and Premiership-winning coach – of the NSW Swifts (2008-2011).
Netball NSW CEO Carolyn Campbell said she was delighted to have Fitzgerald back on board for the next exciting chapter of Australian netball’s history.
“We are thrilled that Julie is returning to NSW to lead our new Netball NSW team as we begin the next chapter of Australian netball history,” Campbell said.
“This is certainly an exciting chapter. Julie has a proven track record in coaching at the highest level and an excellent knowledge of our grassroots game, which will be key in creating our new Club.
“Not only that, Julie is engaging and passionate about both netball and the people playing it and is a wonderful mentor and role model for players.
“Netball NSW also has a strong foundation and has long been renowned for its talented pool of athletes, coaches and officials; therefore it was important to us to have a home grown talent on board as we embark on this new and exciting journey.”
2017 National Netball League
Netball Australia announced earlier this year a new Australian only, eight-team national league to commence in February 2017, which is set to be the world’s premier women’s sporting league.
The new league will consist of the five current Australian ANZ Championship teams – Adelaide Thunderbirds, Melbourne Vixens, NSW Swifts, Queensland Firebirds and West Coast Fever – in addition to three new teams. The preferred bidders for these new teams have been announced as Collingwood Football Club, Netball NSW (working in a strategic alliance with GWS Giants) and the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club. Click here to read the full announcement.
Netball Australia also confirmed there will be no restrictions placed on the number of import athletes that franchises may contract for the new national netball league, which replaces the ANZ Championship. Click here to read the full announcement.
* Netball NSW is working in a strategic alliance with the GWS Giants.