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Netball - 19. May 2008.

New TeamBath coaching line-up targets Superleague

TeamBath have named a new exciting coaching team that aims to re-capture the national elite Co-operative Superleague title next season.

Former TeamBath and England player Jess Garland steps up from assistant coach to head coach of the TeamBath franchise and is joined in the exciting new-look coaching set-up by Anna Mayes and Jan Crabtree.

Jess Garland, aged 28, played for TeamBath in all of their campaigns in the Super Cup and was a member of the team that won the inaugural Superleague in 2005/6. She then spent a season as head coach of Celtic Dragons before returning to the TeamBath franchise as assistant coach last season.

Rated as one of England’s most exciting young netball coaches, she has coached England at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level and is a member of the UK Sport Elite Coach programme.

Jess said: “I’m really honoured to be offered the role of head coach with TeamBath and am excited at the prospect of working with Anna and Jan to develop the franchise to another level and regain the Superleague title.

“TeamBath has always been home for me and I can’t wait to work with the increasingly talented athletes and staff that TeamBath continue to produce.”

Anna Mayes, a former TeamBath and Welsh international player, will work alongside Jess as assistant coach.

A midcourt player, who has just retired from playing and is looking to further develop her performance coaching, she previously played for TeamBath from 2001 to 2005.

She made the transition to Celtic Dragons in the 2005/6 season in the build-up to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, when she played for Wales. She spent the last three seasons with Celtic Dragons, the latter, as player - coach, provided her with valuable experience.

Anna, who is 27-years-old, said: “I have enjoyed my time with Celtic Dragons, but having made the decision to retire from playing, I’m really pleased to be joining the TeamBath coaching staff. As a player, I spent five seasons with TeamBath and know the franchise culture and approach is one that I am very comfortable with.”

Jess and Anna will still benefit from the experience and expertise of Jan Crabtree, who led TeamBath to the 2005/6 and 2006/7 Superleague titles.

After taking up a new full-time talent coaching role with England Netball, she moves to the to a new role as director of coaching for the TeamBath franchise.

She said: “After three exciting and challenging seasons as head coach for Team Bath I’m looking forward to a different role which allows me to be involved in more strategic development of the franchise coaches and players and which is more compatible with my new full-time job as regional talent coach for the south region. TeamBath players are drawn from across both the south and south west regions.”

TeamBath won the first two national Superleague competitions in 2005/6 and 2006/7, before finishing third last season in a season when TeamBath players made up half of the England squad for the 2007 World Championships.

There will be changes in the National Talent League (NTL) line for TeamBath as well this season, Jean Davies has stepped down after many seasons working with the TeamBath youth groups and providing great leadership and direction for the inaugural NTL season last year. Stepping into the role will be Lucia Sdao,

Lucia is a Commonwealth bronze medallist and former England vice-captain with 101 international caps to her name. She has been working with the TeamBath Toucans for the past couple of seasons.

Lucia said: “I’m relishing the challenge of working with the talented youngsters from across the region and ensuring that the pathways between the NTL and senior squad are connected and successful.”

The University of Bath has one of the leading university sports departments in the UK. Under its TeamBath brand, its success is based on the expertise and dedication of staff, and its excellent facilities, used by the community and Olympic medal winners alike.
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