Taurua open to exploring Swifts coaching job

AARON GOILE
Last updated 15:28 04/07/2013
Noeline Taurua
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CROSSING THE DITCH?: Noeline Taurua will explore the now vacant head coaching role at the NSW Swifts.

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Noeline Taurua will ''investigate'' the option of becoming the New South Wales Swifts coach for next year's trans-Tasman league.

But the former Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic mentor believes it would be tough to break into the Aussie ranks, and may even find it too tough to coach against her former players.

This week former Australian international Lisa Beehag resigned from the Swifts position, having been in charge for two unfruitful years.

The timing couldn't be better for Taurua, whose 11-year tenure at the Magic ended last weekend with the Magic's earliest exit from the ANZ Championship, in the minor semi-final.

''I will investigate that option,'' Taurua said of the Swifts position. ''But the thing about New South Wales is they've got a fantastic academy over there and a lot of the coaches have come through the academy as players, so they're very staunch in regards to their pathways.''

But Taurua admitted she couldn't afford to be closed off to anything, and so far nothing had been put in front of her, with international sides already in preparation for next year's Commonwealth Games and the following year's world champs.

A major consideration of the Swifts job though, would be the fact she's coaching against players she has nurtured for years on end.

The time spent with Irene van Dyk, Laura Langman and Casey Kopua, and those players' loyalties in always coming back to Taurua, will be a big consideration for her, though potentially she could even take one of them to play as a Swifts import.

''To be honest, I think sometimes I say things to a lot of people, but when it comes into reality I become a bit of a chicken,'' Taurua said. ''So it would take a lot.''

However, the international experience Taurua would gain in a new environment would stand her in fine stead for the Silver Ferns head coaching role, which she is keen to take in two or six years ''depending on what Wai [Taumaunu] wants to do''.

The Swifts job is one of a number of things Taurua has jotted down on her list to investigate.

She is considering setting up an academy, as she sees a gap in the market, but is also thinking about a job in marketing or the corporate sector and looking at business interests in property.

''It's a blank canvas, it's exciting, but very daunting at the same time,'' she said.

Shortly Taurua will start a two-year online Masters of Science and Performance Coaching through Scotland's University of Stirling, which will give her a Level Four UK coaching qualification, which there is no equivalent for in New Zealand.

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That will extend her repertoire in the theory behind coaching decisions, which she said would be good to complement her natural gut-instinct-style.

Taurua's contract with the Magic ends on August 20 and she intends on chatting with the new coach to ''share the knowledge of what's happened and what the intention was going forward and probably talk about players''.

''When you have new people coming in they will definitely bring their own ideas and that's a positive, but I know from my end if I was going into another environment that would be the ideal.''

- Stuff

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