Former Australian player Simone McKinnis has been promoted to the top job as coach of the Melbourne Vixens for the trans-Tasman netball competition.
McKinnis replaces Julie Hoornweg, who stepped down after five seasons and steering the team to the 2012 grand final.
McKinnis, who has been appointed on a two-year deal, worked as a defence specialist under Hoornweg.
Netball Victoria chief executive Michelle Plane said she brought a wealth of experience and fresh ideas to the club.
"We are very fortunate to have someone of such a high calibre who has an outstanding ability both as a player and coach, and is widely respected," Plane said.
A former wing defence, McKinnis represented Australia in 63 Tests between 1986 and 1998 winning a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 1998 and world championships in 1991 and 1995.
She was also captain of the Melbourne Phoenix in 1997 and 1998, including the premiership-winning team in 1997.
McKinnis has coached at the Australian Institute of Sport, overseeing the successful national under 21 team.