Lightning Pay Tribute To Diamond Coach Lisa Alexander
Sunshine Coast Lightning congratulates Lisa Alexander on an illustrious career at the helm of the Australian Diamonds.
After almost nine years as Head Coach of Australia’s highly competitive representative team, Netball Australia today announced that Alexander would step away from the role beyond 2020.
Lightning CEO Danielle Smith praised Alexander for her positive contribution to netball and Australian sport across her career to date.
Smith also highlighted the coach’s ongoing support of the Club since Lightning’s fruition and growth to become an elite sporting entity.
”Lisa has always been extremely supportive of Sunshine Coast Lightning, particularly when we were establishing the Club back in late 2016,” Smith said.
“Lisa was incredibly giving of her time, to help myself and our set-up team to better understand the netball landscape, including the coaching talent around the country and the world.
“Her support has continued throughout our formative years, and we are particularly proud of the partnership we have formed in developing new Diamonds players Laura Scherian and Kelsey Browne (selected when contracted to Lightning), along with long-term Diamond Steph Wood, and also having Cara Koenen and Maddy McAuliffe as part of the Australian Development Squad.
“I would like to personally thank Lisa on behalf of everyone at Lightning for this fantastic support, and congratulate her on an outstanding record as Head Coach of the Diamonds.”
Lightning Head Coach and Australian 21/U Coach Kylee Byrne was quick to thank Alexander for the role she has played in leading the national side in a sustained period of success.
“Women’s sport has had a dramatic increase in profile in the Australian sporting landscape over the past two years and Lisa’s contribution to driving this increased awareness has been enormous,” Byrne said.
“She has passionately put not only netball, but female sport in the spotlight and made sure we are being noticed in the media, community and boardrooms.
“I would like to thank Lisa for her role in supporting my development as a coach and I consider myself lucky to have coached in the era where she led the Diamonds to success and the number one World Ranking.
“The lessons and what I learnt from her time as our national Coach are ones that I will take with me in 2020 and in the future and now the legacy that she leaves is one that Netball will benefit from in years to come.”
Under Alexander’s reign, Australia achieved Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and 2015 Netball World Cup, and Silver at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 Netball World Cup.
Her coaching record saw Australia retain their number one ranking, while she also earned the enviable title of most capped Diamonds Head Coach in history.