Robyn Broughton to coach Central Pulse
'Coaching is part of my lifestyle'NATHAN BURDON
Decorated provincial coach Robyn Broughton has confirmed she will coach the Central Pulse next season.
The Long-time southern netball mentor won the race for the Wellington-based coaching job ahead of former New South Wales Swifts coach Julie Fitzgerald and 2011 Pulse assistant coach Gail Parata.
Broughton lost her job at the Southern Steel after the most recent season when she opted not to reapply for her position, with the role going to new co-coaches Natalie Avellino and Janine Southby.
''I just thought after all that's happened, I'm not going to give up coaching, that's part of my lifestyle and I'm not ready to stop," she said.
"When the Pulse opportunity came I considered it thoroughly and I found them very optimistic and positive and thought this is a nice environment to be going into.''
Broughton had coached Steel for the first four seasons of the trans-Tasman league, twice getting them into the semi-finals, but the team slumped to its worst ever result with a seventh-placed finish in 20011, once place higher than the Pulse.
Previously, she led the Invercargill-based Southern Sting to seven National Bank Cup titles and three runner-up positions in 10 years at the helm.
Her international coaching highlights include taking New Zealand to the World Fastnet title in 2010, coaching a World 7 to victory over Australian in 2009 and three years as assistant coach to the Silver Ferns.
The Southland Times understands several Steel players could go with her, including the likes of Silver Ferns midcourter Liana Leota and defender Erika Burgess who are both originally from the Pulse's catchment area.
Broughton said it was up to any player to look at their opportunities and decide what was best for them.
Pulse chief executive Chris McNay said he was "thrilled" to unveil Broughton.
"We are delighted to have the service of a coach with such an outstanding record and welcome her on to our team as one of the most respected coaches in New Zealand," he said in a statement.
"Robyn's record as a coach speaks for itself and I am sure that the players and fans alike will embrace her with open arms. I am looking forward to 2012 and am very sure that the appointment will help us in our recruitment of players for the forthcoming season."
The announcement comes after Pulse captain and Silver Ferns defender Katrina Grant pledged her allegiance to the franchise.
Grant said she was relishing the prospect of combining with her former mentor.
"I have always looked up to Robyn as a coach and am excited to work with her again. Robyn brings new ideas and experiences with her to the Haier Pulse which I believe will help grow our franchise."
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