Brunel Hurricanes, the side which finished the 2007-8 season in fifth
place in the Co-operative Netball Superleague, has appointed a new head
coach. Former England and New Zealand international player Natalie Swift
(nee Andrews) joins the Hurricanes fresh from a treble-winning season as
Head Coach at Whitton Netball Club, as well as two seasons coaching
Hillcrest and Cobham in the South East regional league.
Natalie has top level playing experience having played for five years at
national and international level in both Australia and New Zealand.
"This is a great opportunity," she said. "I am looking forward to the
challenge of bringing together talent and international English players to
build a top performing team. I believe London and the South East has the
best pool of talent in the UK with great potential".
Talking about her appointment, Brunel Deputy Director of Sport Neil Young
commented, "We are delighted to bring Natalie in as Head Coach. Her drive
and singular vision for the Hurricanes will bring a dynamic and focused
approach to coaching and player management. We are confident that Natalie
will gather a talented coaching and support team around her and that her
inclusive approach will encourage fresh talent from across the region".
Natalie takes over from Denise Holland who has been coaching Brunel
Hurricanes for three seasons, as well as redeveloping Brunel University's
Performance Netball programme.
Young continues, "There has been quite a transformation in netball at
Brunel University in the past three years under Denise's guidance, which
culminated last season with the University's 1st team reaching the BUSA
semi-finals and the 2nd team narrowly losing out in the final of the BUSA
Trophy. These are the best results that I have seen in my seven years at
the University. I wish Denise well as she progresses her career in
netball coaching and development.
"Our main focus now is to plan and deliver a robust and inclusive trials
and selection process, which will give us the best possible squad of
players to mount a more formidable challenge in next year's Co-operative