Magpies Netball along with Netball Tasmania is pleased to announce that Kate Upton will take the reins as Head Coach of the Tasmanian Magpies in 2018.
Upton, who was an assistant coach of Collingwood’s senior side this season, brings a wealth of experience to the club’s Australian Netball League (ANL) affiliate.
Before joining the Magpies in 2016, Upton worked with the Victorian Fury for two seasons as an assistant coach.
From there, she joined the DC North-East Blaze in the Victorian Netball League (VNL) serving as Head Coach since 2015.
After the Magpies’ season concluded in June, Upton led the Blaze to the 2017 VNL championship division premiership, and was awarded the Joyce Brown Coaches Award for her outstanding season.
“It’s really exciting to be given the opportunity to be the Head Coach of the Tassie Magpies,” Upton said.
“I’m looking forward to building that relationship with Tasmania, as well as working with and developing the athletes and staff involved in the program.”
General Manager of Magpies Netball Jennifer McIntyre said Upton would be a wonderful addition to the Tasmanian Magpies in 2018.
"Kate proved to be an incredible asset to our team this year and we are so excited to see her in a head coaching role for our Tasmanian side,” McIntyre said.
“She has a brilliant understanding of the game, relates so well to the players and has a work ethic that is second to none.
“Her intimate knowledge of the senior program will assist in the smooth transition of players between the Super Suncorp Netball (SSN) and the ANL.
“The intricacies of a two state team are challenging and l couldn’t think of a better person for to take on this role.”
The Tasmanian Magpies squad is made up of Tasmania’s most promising netball talent, as well as Collingwood’s Victorian-based training partners.
The team will look to better this season’s sixth-place finish when it takes the court in 2018.
Netball Tasmania chief executive Aaron Pidgeon said Upton would play a pivotal role in continuing to strengthen the ties between Magpies Netball and Tasmania.
“We thank Jon Fletcher for his efforts last year in what was a very successful first year, and we look forward to building on that foundation,” Pidgeon said.
“We are very excited to have Kate on board. Kate has a very strong track record, a good understanding of the current high performance competition environment, and knows what is required to support our talented Tasmanian athletes to reach the next level.
“I know that she is looking forward to further developing the relationship between Collingwood and Netball Tasmania through the Tassie Magpies program, and to see us maximize the mutual benefits of our partnership.”
Magpies Netball is excited to continue its partnership with Netball Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government in supporting the development of grass roots and elite pathways for up and coming netballers.