Mainland Tactix head coach Marianne Delaney-Hoshek will gain experience at the highest level after being named as second assistant coach to the Silver Ferns for the Netball Quad Series.

Netball New Zealand is demonstrating a strong commitment to the development of its kiwi coaches and growth of its coaching talent pathways by utilising five of the ANZ Premiership coaches across both the Silver Ferns, NZA and the FAST5 Ferns teams for the upcoming international season.

Delaney-Hoshek completed her first full season in charge of the Tactix where she took them to the ANZ Premiership Finals Series for the first time and has also been in charge of NZA and the New Zealand Secondary Schools team in the past.

Former Northern Mystics coach Deb Fuller has been named as the Silver Ferns assistant coach where she will work alongside head coach Noeline Taurua, and Delaney-Hoshek.

The Netball Quad Series, which includes The Silver Ferns, England Roses, Australian Diamonds and the South Africa Proteas, starts in Auckland on September 15.

NNZ Chief Executive Jennie Wyllie said it was exciting to provide ANZ Premiership coaches the opportunity to be involved with the game at the next level.

“The alignment between Zones and the Silver Ferns is crucial to the success of our High Performance programmes. An area that was highlighted in the recent review was the need to help grow our New Zealand coaches,” she said. 

“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.”

She will also coach the FAST5 Ferns and will be assisted by current Mystics coach Helene Wilson. The FAST5 Ferns will compete at the Netball World Series in Melbourne from October 27-28 where they will meet Australia, England, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa.

The NZA coaches have also been confirmed with Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse coach Yvette McCausland-Durie set to guide the team along with Northern Stars’ Kiri Wills who will act as assistant coach.

■ Silver Ferns:  Noeline Taurua (Head Coach), Deb Fuller (Assistant Coach), Marianne Delaney-Hoshek (Assistant Coach Quad Series), Reinga Bloxham (Assistant Coach Constellation Cup).

■ New Zealand A:  Yvette McCausland-Durie (Head Coach), Kiri Wills (Assistant Coach), Meghan Robinson (Team Manager).

■ FAST5 Ferns:  Deb Fuller (Head Coach), Helene Wilson (Assistant Coach), Leanne Harris (Team Manager).

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