Seymour, Foster in the running for Tactix job

BRENDON EGAN
Last updated 05:00 19/06/2014

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Canterbury netball legends Julie Seymour and Marg Foster are in the running for the vacant Tactix head coaching position.

Applications for the job closed on Tuesday evening and Netball Mainland chief executive Brigit Hearn said she was pleased with the standard of candidates.

Hearn was reluctant to reveal names or how many people had applied, but said there had been interest from Australia.

"There's some good names in there ... It's an amazing opportunity for a coach to come to a wonderful environment here and really stamp their mark on the role."

Seymour, who has been assistant coach of the Tactix for the past five years, confirmed she wanted the job.

Her experience with the franchise could prove a blessing or a curse.

The Tactix board may view her knowledge of the players and team's systems as a drawcard and be keen for continuity. They may however decide a cleanout is needed after winning just seven games over the past five years.

The Press understands Foster, who was coach of the Canterbury Flames in the former New Zealand domestic league and has been an assistant with the Magic and Steel, has also applied.

Foster is deeply passionate about Canterbury netball and has previously spoken about her desire to turn around the beleagued Tactix and return them to winning ways.

Tania Hoffman, who was last week named as the Christchurch Netball Centre's new coach and guided Canterbury to national provincial championship glory, did not apply.

Pulse assistant and New Zealand secondary schools coach Marianne Delaney moved to Christchurch this week for her husband's job, but had not submitted her CV.

Hearn said they would begin the interview process next week.

The interview panel was still being finalised, but would include Hearn, a Tactix board member, a representative from High Performance Sport New Zealand and likely someone from Netball New Zealand.

The Tactix will be wary about the need to have their new head coach in place sooner rather later.

After Sunday's grand final between the Vixens and Firebirds, teams are allowed to approach players from other franchises.

The Tactix players will be eager to see who the new coach is before they put pen to paper, meaning they could easily be targeted by rival sides.

Malawi import Mwai Kumwenda is the only Tactix player under contract for next season.

Hearn said they did not want to rush the process, but acknowledged timing was important.

"It is a priority. Clearly players will want to know it is. We're very confident we will find the best possible candidate for the role." 

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