Julie Seymour saddened by Tactix job snub

Julie Seymour is gutted the Tactix board didn't have the faith in her to be head coach.

Seymour missed out on the top job to Australian Sue Hawkins this week.

The Cantabrian had been assistant coach of the Tactix for the past five years and many felt she deserved the chance to guide the side.

Her desire to be a head coach in the trans-Tasman netball league has not diminished.

Seymour will seek feedback from Netball Mainland chief executive Brigit Hearn and the interview panel to address any perceived weaknesses.

She is planning to take some time out and evaluate what the next step is in her coaching career.

The former Silver Fern midcourter would not rule out an assistant coaching position at another New Zealand franchise. She had not yet received any phone calls from rival teams.

If Hawkins wanted to talk to her about remaining on with the Tactix, she was prepared to listen.

"The head coach ultimately has to decide, who they want the support staff to be. I need a bit of time to think about things. I don't want to say yes or no.

"It's definitely something I'd like to sit down with Sue and talk about."

Seymour had gained strong support from both Netball New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand while she was an assistant at the Tactix. Former Tactix coaches Leigh Gibbs and Helen Mahon-Stroud had also been fantastic mentors.

She had been given opportunities as an assistant coach of the New Zealand secondary schools team, as well as the New Zealand under-21 and Fastnet Ferns sides.

Seymour said her organisation and sport had shown her a lot of confidence, but was saddened the Tactix board did not have trust in her.

"I'm a little bit disappointed my franchise didn't have the same belief in me. I feel disappointed the people that make the decisions, in the end, didn't believe in me that I could do the job.

"It's a commercial entity now. In the end, they've got to run the books and make the decisions they feel is going to be in the best interest for the franchise."

Seymour realised there were never any guarantee she would get the role.

She felt prepared to take on the responsibility and pressure of being head coach and would not have applied otherwise.

Seymour did not hold any animosity towards Hawkins, who had simply applied for the position.

She was frustrated New Zealanders, who had the right skillset for the job, had been overlooked.

"I'd like to think with any coaching position in New Zealand, if there are people that are correctly qualified and they hold the right values and characters that an organisation wants, I'd like to think the Kiwi would be given the job."

The Tactix only won seven games during Seymour's five-year tenure as assistant coach. She said there is no question the side's poor results had impacted on the decision.

"I'm sure it did. I know we haven't got the results on the board and that's what brings in the sponsors and that's what people want and what we're striving for."

Seymour did not see her inexperience as a head coach being an issue. Despite only having have been an assistant coach at the elite level, she had shared much of the coaching and planning.

If she had been named head coach, Seymour had several fresh ideas she was keen to implement at the Tactix. She acknowledged they had defensive problems and was eager to bring in specialist coaching and extra sessions to help out in that area.

Seymour had suffered setbacks during her successful netball playing days and knew she would rebound from the anguish.

"With coaching there'll always be sideways movement and backwards movement. All those things will contribute to you as a coach, like they contribute to an athlete.

"Whatever experiences I have in the next few years, hopefully they'll make me a better coach."

The Press