Inaugural coach selected for new netball team
  • Tuesday 02 August 2016

Mayor Mark Jamieson is looking forward to welcoming New Zealand’s most successful ANZ Championship netball coach, Noeline Taurua, to the Sunshine Coast following her appointment as the inaugural head coach of the Melbourne Storm – University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) backed netball franchise.

Noeline will leave her post as the current coach of the Southern Steel to take up the position as coach of Sunshine Coast’s first national elite-level sporting team.

The team, whose name is yet to be revealed, will compete in Australia’s new elite netball competition in 2017.

The consortium was announced in May by Netball Australia as a preferred bidder for one of three new team licences and is in the process of finalising its TPA with the governing body.

“It’s great that we will have someone of Noeline’s stature in netball as our Sunshine Coast team’s foundation coach,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“We look forward to having her and her family as part of our community.

“We’re sure they’ll love their time here and Noeline will produce a team that we will be very proud of.

“Her appointment shows we have a club on the Coast that is aspiring to achieve big things in what is going to be a ground-breaking and very exciting competition.”

Securing Noeline’s services for two years is a significant coup for the Sunshine Coast team, with the former Silver Fern in hot demand around the world at the conclusion of the ANZ Championship season.

Melbourne Storm CEO Dave Donaghy said: “We are delighted to announce Noeline Taurua as head coach of the Sunshine Coast netball team.

“It’s a big coup for the club to have someone of Noeline’s standing and success. With 16 years high performance experience to lead our inaugural team, she was the right person for the job,” Mr Donaghy said.

“With Noeline’s appointment the team will now commence player recruitment as part of the free agency period as we look to assemble an exciting and talented squad for the upcoming season.”

The foundation coach said the opportunity to come on board with the Sunshine Coast netball team for the new Australian National Netball League was “perfect timing”.

“Having been involved in the ANZ Championship for nine years, the time was ripe for change and a new challenge,” she said.

“Coaching overseas has always been one of my goals and with the highly-regarded Melbourne Storm picking up the reins of the first ever national elite-level sport’s team to represent the Sunshine Coast, the timing was perfect to be part of a new venture and new era for netball.

“It doesn’t get any more exciting than moving to a new country to coach a brand new team in a ground-breaking competition. For that I am grateful and relishing the opportunity.”

USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill welcomed the coaching appointment as an exciting next step in attracting champion players to the new team, to be based at the University’s Sports Stadium.

“Bringing a national league team to the Sunshine Coast in one of our region’s highest participation sports fits perfectly with the University’s high performance sports strategy,” Professor Hill said.

“We look forward to Noeline Taurua joining our teaching and research colleagues in building a home for elite sports on the Sunshine Coast.”