You only need to have a toe in the water of the WA netball community to know about Lorraine Ward, with the veteran coach is set to lead West Coast Warriors in the new West Australian Netball League (WANL) era.
Ward said she is enthusiastic to build a new lineup around the WANL points system.
“Obviously your selections are very different with your points that you have to take into account, but I’m really excited, I think it’s great,” she said.
Fresh from winning Netball WA’s 2018 Coach Achievement Award the coaching legend is hoping to establish a team with an equilibrium of experience and youth.
“Retaining the ones that have not only been loyal but they have been in the elite program so you want to continue with those one, but you also want to start developing your younger players.”
“You’re still looking with your heart, but your heads got to rule.”
Warriors will also feature Sian Geldenhuys and John Italiano as Assistants, while Kristie Leahy will lead their 20U side, with Tibbie Gailbraith named as Assistant Coach and Michaela Gall as Apprentice Coach.
“We’re challenging them (Coaches), we’re taking them up and that gives us a fresh new look with a different set of eyes and looking to develop our coaches long term.”
“We’re looking to establish a new culture and new trademark, we’ll put that onus on the players to develop that.”
“One of excellence and one of nurturing and development and it’s a place that people want to be at for a long period of time.”
Trials for the Warriors 2019 WANL campaign for League and 20U will be held at Craigie Leisure Centre on Sunday December 2 and Sunday 9th from 9am.
For those keen to become a Warrior the mantra is simple.
“It’s a new era, a new system, come on board and build it with us.”