ABNA seek new head coach – Antigua Observer
President of the Antigua and Barbuda Netball Association (ABNA), Karen Joseph, believes that the time is ripe for a new head coach and the inclusion of outside influence where coaching at the senior national level is concerned.
The statement comes on the heels of the team’s third-place finish in the OECS/ECCB International Netball Series held recently in Dominica during which Joseph took on the role of head coach.
“It’s all good to say we need an outside coach; we know we don’t have the finances but we have to get it somewhere, somehow, because we cannot prepare to go to Jamaica unless we have an outside coach and I am telling you the honest truth but we know that, the girls know that,” she said.
Joseph, a former national and international ranked number two goal shoot, said the body is searching for someone who would be able to rebuild the game from the ground up.
“For now, the girls need a break; they need to rest themselves and then from there we are going into gym training because we need to get the strength and agility together in order for us to compete in Jamaica in October,” she said.
“It was really tiring and because we had to play in a situation where we had to play in rain, it was like a mental thing but I am so proud of these girls because we had play back-to-back matches with Barbados in the morning and St Vincent in the afternoon. We stayed at the stadium for five hours before we played because of the rain, so mentally and physically they were tired but they knew they had to go and give of their best,” the netball boss added.
Antigua and Barbuda won two and lost three of their five matches in the tournament. Their loss to Barbados was however not considered in the final standings given that Barbados was not officially part of the tournament.
Joseph said the tournament presented many challenges.
“Whoever comes to Antigua must have training sessions with the coaches in the schools as well as coaches in the association and there is where it is going to start from. So, even though they are going to train the national teams, we need to have a process where all the coaches would be onboard because the person is not going to stay here, but we need to have them help us as well to develop our programme in Antigua,” she said.