Collingwood Netball’s head coach Nicole Richardson has been appointed assistant coach of the Australian Diamonds for the upcoming series against the English Roses.
Richardson will support Diamonds’ head coach Stacey Marinkovich when the team hosts the Roses in next month’s three-match series.
The pair worked closely together during their time at the West Coast Fever where Richardson served as a specialist defensive coach and Marinkovich as head coach throughout the 2017 and 2018 Super Netball seasons.
Richardson earned a total of 32 caps as a player for Australia, which included a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games as well as a silver medal at the 2003 World Championships.
Marinkovich welcomed Richardson to the Diamonds program.
“We are delighted to have highly-regarded coach Nicole Richardson join the Diamonds for the upcoming series,” Marinkovich said.
“Nicole brings a strong defensive skillset and a well-rounded approach to building high performance systems and structures.”
Collingwood’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Anderson congratulated Richardson on her appointment.
“We are thrilled for ‘Richo’ to have the opportunity to play a key role in the Diamonds program.
“She has such a wealth of experience in the professional sporting environment, not only as a coach but also a player. Her appointment is a huge credit to her knowledge and expertise in the sport and we wish her and the Diamonds all the best for the series.”
Richardson is currently quarantining with the Diamonds squad in Perth in preparation for the upcoming series. Dates and locations for the games are yet to be confirmed.
Collingwood’s Super Netball program is currently on leave and is set to return for pre-season training in December.