Netball Ireland are delighted to announce the appointment of our new assistant coach/manager for our senior squad………. the amazing LeighAnne Carracher!!!!!
Leigh-Anne brings a wealth of experience with her to the team and we are so excited to have her on board with newly appointed head coach Teresa Gillespie!
We asked Leigh-Anne a couple of questions, to find out what her hopes for the Emeralds are, in her new position!
How long have you been involved with Netball?
Netball has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember, playing at school and them being introduced into Bishopbriggs Netball Club at the age of 12. I represented Glasgow district in all age groups, which lead to many tours including South Africa and Canada, my greatest achievement as a player would have to be when I captained the Scottish under 21’s squad.
I was always very passionate about coaching and developing players to give them the great experiences I had as a player. My coaching started from a young age after taking on a junior club at 16 years old, I then very quickly developed into the district set up, becoming lead coach and then onto a national lead coaching role at the age of 27.
After 7 years of coaching within the youth national set up in Scotland, I turned my attention to coach education and I became one of the first tutor/ assessors in England and Scotland to help delivery UKCC qualification. This was an excellent way to pass on my love for netball onto new coaches through tutoring not just in Scotland, but in England, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar, Germany, Jersey, and the Isle of Man.
For the last 10 years I have been coaching with the university set up in Scotland, I was the Lead coach to an undefeated Edinburgh University 1st team for 7 years, and also lead coach for the Scottish Student Squad. This gave me the opportunity to work and tour with these players and it has been something I have truly enjoyed.
I have worked for the last 25years in the Leisure Industry within East Dunbartonshire as a H & F Team leader.
What is your experience of working with Teresa?
When we both coached with Youth International Squads we were on the opposite side of the court, pitting our will against each other. For the past number of years, we have tutored, assessed and delivered workshops together. This has allowed us to grow as coaches and learn from each other,
the experience Teresa has is what I want to tap into with her expertise and knowledge of major championships.
Over the last few years Teresa has worked with the Scottish Student Sport Squad, which has been excellent for the players and we got an opportunity to bring both our experience to the players. When I heard she had got the Netball Ireland job, I was delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside her at International level, it was definitely an opportunity I wouldn’t miss.
Favourite Position on court?
Well, I know every position has its purpose, and it does take 7 players on the court to perform, but for me, a goal defence with determination, tenacity and a presence on the court can undoubtedly win or boost a team’s morale.
What interested you most about the Netball Ireland position?
Over the past 5 years, I have built up a good relationship with Netball Ireland through Scottish Universities match play opportunities. We have had regular fixtures against Netball Ireland in Dublin and Glasgow, seeing the passion the players, coaches and volunteers had and the work that goes into their association is something I wanted to be part off. Having the opportunity to work alongside Teresa and hopefully help continue Netball Ireland’s journey is an exciting challenge and one I am looking forward too.
If there was one rule you could change in netball, what would it be?
Subs: In my opinion rolling subs should be allowed but I think there should be a limited amount in each quarter.
What are your hopes for the Emeralds?
I hope to build on what Joan and her management team have left behind and work hard to help them be the best they can be under Teresa and myself guidance. This will be a process of education and developing not just the technical and tactical side of the game, but also the physical and mental preparation for competing at International level.
What do you plan to do first?
I believe that having a player centred approach is the best way to coach/manage.. this is something I have learned over the years. So, getting to know the players and what their goals and ambitions are, is one thing that we can work together on to create an elite and professional environment is very important to me.