New Zealander Natalie Milicich takes up her new role this week
11 September 2017, Singapore – Netball Singapore welcomes new national coach, Natalie Milicich, as the 50-year-old New Zealander arrives in Singapore to take up her new role this week. She replaces former national coach Ruth Aitken who stepped down last year.
Milicich, a mother of four, was most recently the high performance manager and head coach of New Zealand’s Netball Central Zone, the champion for Beko National League last June. The league sits just below the ANZ Premiership, which is the premier domestic league in New Zealand.
“We are delighted to appoint Natalie as the new coach for the national team and look forward to working closely together with her to continue developing the team. We believe she is the right fit for the post and her extensive experience will be a great boost to the team,” said Jessica Tan, President of Netball Singapore.
The newly appointed coach has administered the development and successful implementation of various programmes, including Auckland Netball’s High Performance programme and Zone Player Development Plan, working closely with many other netball coaches and team managers. Also a former Director of Sport at Carmel College, Milicich has coached National Provincial Championships and a broad range of representative age groups and schools.
"I'm excited to be here and look forward to settling in and working with this team of talented sports women. I spoke with Ruth when I accepted the job and I'm confident I will continue her legacy and lead the team well,” said the new coach.
The national netball team, which recently clinched the silver medal in the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, is looking forward to working with Milicich. “Our team is excited to work with the new coach and to map our goals for the team and work towards achieving those goals,” commented Vanessa Marie Lee, captain of the national netball team.