Taumaunu calls time on Silver Ferns job

Taumaunu calls time on Silver Ferns job

Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu will follow Vicki Wilson through the coaching door, saying the time is right to move on.

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Taumaunu confirmed she will quit her post after the Constellation Cup netball series against Australia in October.

“After taking some time over the past few weeks, I have decided not to apply for the role going forward,” she said.

“I am and will always remain passionate about the Silver Ferns, but I believe it is the right time for me to finish up.”

New Zealand suffered an agonising defeat to the Diamonds in the recent World Cup final in Sydney after beating the hosts earlier in the competition.

But Taumaunu, who took over the role four years ago, says she is looking forward to the four Tests against the Diamonds for the Cup.

“I have enjoyed every moment as head coach and would like to acknowledge the massive support and incredible team who I have worked with over the last four years,” she said.

Applications for the Silver Ferns coaching position after the Constellation Cup close at 5pm on Monday and Netball NZ expects to make an appointment by mid-November.

After winning the world championship with New Zealand as a player in Glasgow in 1987, Taumaunu was assistant to Ruth Aitken for four years before taking over.

Netball NZ chief executive Hilary Poole said Taumaunu guided the Silver Ferns through a period of great change and growth.

“Waimarama has left an indelible mark on our sport,” she said.

“She has instilled in the Silver Ferns a renewed sense of belief and fearlessness following their performances at the Netball World Cup.”

Poole said Netball NZ was confident Taumaunu would remain involved in the game.

Taumaunu’s announcement comes a day after assistant Wilson said she was leaving her position before the Constellation Cup.

The former Australian skipper cited travel as the reason.