Netball: Deb Fuller named new Silver Ferns assistant coach

Deb Fuller.
Deb Fuller. Photo credit: Photosport

Former Northern Mystics coach Deb Fuller has been confirmed as the Silver Ferns new assistant coach.

Fuller will start the role immediately and work alongside newly appointed head coach Noeline Taurua for the upcoming Quad Series, which will see New Zealand face England, Australia and South Africa. 

Tactix coach Marianne Delaney-Hoshek will also assist the Ferns during the Quad Series, while Steel coach Reinga Bloxham will swap in for the Constellation Cup against Australia.

Pulse coach Yvette McCausland-Durie will coach the New Zealand A team, with Stars coach Kiri Wills as her assistant.

Current Mystics coach Helen Wilson will assist Fuller with the Fast5 squad at the Netball World Series in Melbourne next month.

"The alignment between zones and the Silver Ferns is crucial to the success of our high-performance programmes," Netball NZ CEO Jennie Wyllie said. "An area that was highlighted in the recent review was the need to help grow our New Zealand coaches.

"Netball produces more elite female coaches than any other sport in New Zealand and we see these appointments as an opportunity for them to gain that experience against some of the toughest opposition in netball, whilst also strengthening the New Zealand netball system that produces more female coaches than any other."

New Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua said it was important for her to work alongside New Zealand's ANZ Premiership coaches.

"They have the players for such a large amount of the season, so it is crucial to our success that they have a strong involvement with the national programme," she said.

"Their involvement not only gives them an insight into the Silver Ferns programme, it also provides opportunities for professional development. The time we spend working together in the international environment will help strengthen the relationship, when the players are back in the ANZ Premiership."

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