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Jenny van Dyk appointed as new Proteas Netball team coach

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Netball South Africa President, Cecilia Molokwane, says Jenny van Dyk’s success as a coach is what persuaded them to appoint her as the new coach of the Proteas Netball team.

Van Dyk, who is considered one of the best local coaches and most successful coach with five titles for the Tshwane-based outfit, the Jaguars, was earlier today named as new coach of the national netball team.

Former proteas captain, Zanele Mdodana, was named as assistant coach. The two will lead the team forward and guide it to the 2027 Netball World Cup hosted down under in Australia.

Netball South Africa had long made it known that they would appoint a South African as the new coach of the Proteas Netball team. The federation wanted someone who would be hands-on and full-time so that they not only focus on the senior national team when there are tournaments but also work with other coaches in talent identification amongst others.

Van Dyk got the appointment after a rigorous selection process which the federation says had to be so they could get the right candidate for the job.  Molokwane says Van Dyk’s track record as coach is what made them select her for the job.

“ 68 medals, 17 silver and 11 bronze and her performances have shown, when we made her not to coach TNL in 2019 we knew where our plans were and sent her to the under 25 team not knowing that today we would be announcing her as coach. “

 

Apart from winning five consecutive titles with the Jaguars, Van Dyk also has led the University of Pretoria netball team to a few finals and titles in the Varsity Cup. Prior to her appointment, she was with the under 21 team who are scheduled to play in the Netball World Youth Cup 2025 Qualifiers in March.

She says as part of her job it will be important to improve the ranking of the team and make it more competitive.

“We also want to improve on rankings, it is easier said than done, we need to be meticulous. The whole idea is to get our squad to be performing and be competitive for the whole game.”

Van Dyk says Mdodana is a good coach who doesn’t like losing and they will work together to take the team to greater heights.

“ She’s got so much fire and passion, and you could hear in the interview that she gave. She used to be our captain; she’s played a lot. If we want to dream big, we have to surround ourselves with (these kinds of)  people and I believe that she’s the best I could have asked for.”

The coach’s first assignment is to assemble a group of 30 players and finalise the team that she will begin to work with as soon as possible.

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