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Hawkins Appointed EasiYo Tactix Head Coach

Hawkins Appointed EasiYo Tactix Head Coach

Media Release
15 July 2014

Netball Mainland is delighted to announce the appointment of Sue Hawkins as Head Coach of EasiYo Tactix, to lead the team into the 2015 ANZ Championship season.

Following a thorough and rigorous recruitment process, the Netball Mainland Board made the unanimous decision to appoint Hawkins, which was approved by Netball New Zealand.

A shooter in her playing days, Hawkins played 28 tests for Australia in the 1980’s (including the World Champion 1983 team), and was Netball Australia’s first appointed High Performance Manager in 1999. Taking over the reins of England in 2007, she coached the team to a bronze medal at the Mission Foods World Netball Championships 2011 in Singapore.

Netball Mainland CEO Brigit Hearn says they are delighted to have secured someone of Hawkins’ calibre. “Sue’s experience and capability speaks for itself and we are confident she has the skills to continue to build on the great work of former coach Leigh Gibbs,” Hearn said.

“The Board collectively felt we needed a new emphasis with an infusion of fresh ideas and a focus on getting the results we know the team are capable of and we believe Sue is the one to take us there,” she said.

“Sue has extensive experience in developing and executing a winning team culture and will lead with presence and confidence. In addition, she is also keen to work with, mentor and develop coaches in our Zone.”

Hearn said Hawkins’ coaching experience both nationally and internationally couldn’t be overlooked and the Board was satisfied Ms Hawkins’ credentials best met the requirements of the team.

Head Coach with NSW Institute of Sport 2011-2014 (including specialist Coach to the NSW Swifts ANZC franchise team 2012)
National Coach England 2008-2011 (ranked 3rd 2011)
Head Coach Trust Auckland Diamonds National Bank Cup team (pre-ANZC) 2004-2007 (semi-finalists 2007)
Head Coach Queensland Firebirds/QAS 1999-2003
Prior to 1999; a variety of roles including High Performance Manager for Australian Netball and Senior Netball Coach with the Australian Institute of Sport
Current member of the INF Coaching Advisory Panel

Diploma Of Coaching University of Canberra
Diploma of Teaching Victoria
Coaching Accreditation: Level 3
The EasiYo Tactix playing roster for next season is taking shape with seven players already signed on the dotted line including Mwai Kumwenda, Anna Thompson, Bailey Mes, Jess Moulds, Hayley Saunders, Nicola Mackle and Zoe Walker.


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