TE AROHA KEENAN STEPS DOWN AS A COACH
The LG Mystics Netball Franchise playing in the ANZ Championship will be seeking a new coach for the 2011 season following the decision of current head coach TeAroha Keenan to not seek a renewal of her existing contract.
TeAroha has served as head coach of the LG Mystics for the past two seasons guiding the team in 2010 to 5th equal on the ANZ Championship ladder. With a record of 7 wins and 6 losses this represented a significant improvement on the 2009 record of 3 wins and 10 losses.
The decision to step down as coach of the LG Mystics was a reflection of Te’s desire to return to the teaching profession, where prior to the role of Mystics coach TeAroha was Deputy Principal at Mt Albert Grammar. A two year leave of absence meant that a decision on a coaching career or a return to the teaching profession was required.
Mark Cameron, CEO LG Mystics said “We are disappointed to lose someone of Te’s calibre as she has contributed to the team and franchises significant improvement in the past 2 years. Te will leave knowing the franchise is in a much better position than when she took on the 2009 role as Head Coach.”
Cameron further adds “I have enjoyed working with Te over these past two seasons, both in respect of her commitment to the game of netball and the knowledge she has for the game.”
A recruitment process will begin within the next 2 weeks to find a suitable replacement for the 2011 season.
The LG Mystics are expected to kick off their 2011 campaign in mid February, with player recruitment being a priority over the next month or so.