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Netball - 10. December 2012.

LG Mystics Assistant Coach Appointed

Kiri Wills was today announced as the LG Mystics Assistant Coach for the 2013 season.  Kiri will work alongside Head Coach Ruth Aitken, Specialist Defence coach, Deb Fuller, Team Manager Chris Tennant, Physiotherapist Steph Marr and Strength & Conditioning Coach Sam Purvis.  Wills has a strong coaching history, and over recent years has taken time out of coaching to start a family.

Wills is excited to have an opportunity to coach at this level and work alongside Aitken for the first time " I see this as an exciting opportunity to work with Ruth and develop my own skills further as a coach but I am confident that I will also add value to the Mystics coaching environment".

Chief Executive of the LG Mystics Julie Paterson said that she is delighted that Wills has chosen this time to step back in to her coaching career.  "We are delighted that Kiri has undertaken the majority of her coaching in our zone/region and has had success at a national level as well -  we think she will be well placed to take on the challenging role of Assistant Coach".

Kiri Wills coaching CV:
2010          Auckland Waitakere NPC 1 Coach, finishing runner up in the National Provincial Championships.
2007-2008 New Zealand Secondary Schools Coach, finishing runners up and then winning the Trans-Tasman title.
2004-2009 Director of Sport at St Cuthbert's College. Coach of the Premier team.
2002-2004          Coach of Auckland Representative Age Group teams.
2001-2004 Sports Coordinator Auckland Girls' Grammar. & Coach of the Premier Netball team for three years.

Further to news that Aitken has been appointed as Head Coach of the Singapore National Team - this came as no surprise to Paterson.  "When Ruth and I first discussed the Head Coach position for the LG Mystics she indicated to me that her coaching days may not be over, however not necessarily continuing at a franchise level - we all wish Ruth the very best for after her season with our team".  The LG Mystics Head Coach position 2014, will be considered in the New Year.
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