CELEBRATION: Phil Hendy, and the senior one girls after winning the 2014 senior one premiership at Tanunda in September.Premiership coach Phil Hendy will not be in charge of the Willaston senior one team in 2015.
Hendy said today, (Tuesday, December 16,) he had withdrawn his coaching application at the end of last month. Katrina Frederick, president of the Willaston Netball Club, confirmed Hendy’s action.
“Phil has been tremendous for the Willaston Netball Club and his record is tremendous,” Ms Frederick said.
“However, after end of season talks, he decided to withdraw his application.
“The club is in the process of reviewing all coaching positions and while we have great recent success, it is important for Willaston to continue to try to improve in all areas,” Ms Frederick said.
Hendy said after tasting premiership success with the Herald Cup this year it had been his intention to seek the job of coaching again in 2015.
“With the knowledge that nothing stays the same, I was looking for new players to come to the club and was aware that our longtime goal attack Leisel Dunstan had decided to try out for state league,” Hendy said.
“However, I believe it is important for all clubs to try and grow their senior teams with young players coming through the ranks and that also was going to be a focus.”
Hendy said he praised the club for its end-of-season review.
“It is a necessary part of success for any club,” he said.
“But this year, it became apparent to me that the process was tending to become convoluted and I decided it was all too hard and made the decision to withdraw my application.
“I wish the club continued success and I leave with no ill feeling but after 20 years straight involved in netball, it is going to be strange next year when pre-season begins.”
Star goalie, and former coach Lisa Wilson said she had been surprised to learn of Hendy’s decision earlier this week. “I won’t be putting my hand up to take over coaching as I am busy with a new job and life in general,” Lisa said.
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