Wright steps down as Swifts coach

NSW Swifts head coach Rob Wright has today announced he will step down on personal grounds, effective Friday 25 August.

Wright joined the Swifts as an assistant coach in 2010, before being elevated to head coach from 2014.

“First and foremost I would like to thank everyone at the NSW Swifts and the Board of Netball NSW for giving me the opportunity to coach such a fantastic Club and be part of a wonderful journey these past eight years,” Wright said.

“This has not been an easy decision to make but I feel now is the right time for me to take some time out and I will continue to focus on individual athlete coaching and development.

“The Club’s 2020 vision remains very much intact and having seen such wonderful potential on display this season I feel confident I am leaving the Club in a very strong and settled position.

“This is very much a personal decision. I have loved every minute of my time with these players, and the Swifts athletes I have had the pleasure of coaching down the years, but for now I am just looking forward to taking a month off and doing a little bit of travel in the United States before returning as the Assistant Coach of the Australian Fast5 team who will contest the World Series in October.”

In his time as Swifts Head Coach Wright oversaw 61 elite matches across the former Trans-Tasman Netball League and Suncorp Super Netball; winning 34, losing 22 and drawing five for a win percentage of 56%.

After becoming the first male to coach in the Trans-Tasman League, Wright led the Swifts to the Finals Series in 2014 – their first playoffs appearance since 2011 – and went on to lead the Club to back-to-back Grand Finals in 2015-2016.

Netball NSW has commenced a process to appoint a Head Coach.

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