Two coaches to become one plus deputy
The Southern Steel have pulled the plug on the co-coaching concept after one year.
First-year Steel boss David Bannister instigated the scrapping of the dual-coaching setup, which had Natalie Avellino and Janine Southby both at the helm of the trans-Tasman competition netball franchise this year.
The double-coaching appointment was made by previous chief executive Julie Paterson and the board but it has become obvious Bannister was not a fan of what he had inherited.
Southby and Avellino replaced long-serving Sting and Steel coach Robyn Broughton, who is now with the Central Pulse.
After assessing the 2012 season, Bannister made a recommendation to the Southern TeamCo board, which governs the Southern Steel, that the co-coaching concept should be scrapped.
At a meeting on Tuesday night the board agreed and the announcement was made yesterday that they would head back to a traditional coaching structure.
“Is it one I would have put in place based on my own experience within elite sport? No, it's not.
"Hence the reason I recommended the change,” Bannister said.
“But it was certainly not an easy decision to make.
"Both Janine and Nat have given this franchise a 100 per cent commitment during the past year, and their effort and dedication is to be commended."
Southby and Avellino are both expected to be retained by the organisation, but with one in a head coaching role and the other an assistant.
A statement yesterday said discussions would now take place with both coaches to determine who would lead the coaching team for the 2013 season, and a final decision is expected next week.
"We recognise the skills and knowledge each bring to the role and retaining both coaches is definitely a priority for us, given the progress we've made during the past season,” Bannister said.
Avellino told The Southland Times yesterday she was keen to stay involved and hoped it would be in the head coaching role.
"We've been co-coaches and I'm sure both of us would want to be in that [head coach] role, but unfortunately there can only be one. It's the decision we've got to accept as to who is the head coach and who is the assistant coach, and from there decide about whether they want to continue.
"I certainly want to continue coaching at this level, it's just a matter of waiting and seeing what the decision is."
Avellino acknowledged her preference would have been to keep the co-coach structure.
"I think Janine and I worked reasonably well together.
"I think we handled the team quite well in our roles; we had our set roles leading in different areas.
"But it's come out that it's not the way the franchise want to go: they want to go back to a traditional style.
"That's how it is, and that's what we've got to go with."
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