Vitality Netball Superleague: Mel Mansfield quits as Wasps Netball head coach | Netball News

Mel Mansfield joined Wasps Netball for their inaugural season in 2016 as an assistant coach and was promoted to head coach in 2019; Mansfield has been in the Vitality Netball Superleague since 2009

Last update: 04/14/22 11:10

Wasps head coach to step down at the end of the current season

Mel Mansfield will step down as head coach of Wasps Netball at the end of the current Vitality Netball Superleague season.

Mansfield was named assistant coach ahead of the franchise’s inaugural season in the competition and became head coach in 2019.

“It was a huge honor to have played a part in the history of this great club,” Mansfield said after announcing his decision to step down.

“I have loved every minute of my time here and been very lucky to work with great coaches, support staff and most importantly, great players.

“It’s hard to leave a place that has become my home but I will always be very grateful to everyone at the club for their support over the years.

“The Vitality Netball Superleague is a wonderful competition, and I will truly miss the excitement that rises with every game, especially at the Coventry Building Society Arena. The atmosphere created by the Wasps supporters is incredible and I would like to thank them all for their support during my stay here.

“Ahead of leaving at the end of the season, I will continue to work closely with the management team, support the recruitment of a new head coach and help ensure a smooth transition into next season.”

Wasps Netball Franchise Manager Sarah Taylor will lead the search for a new head coach and praised Mansfield’s commitment and professionalism.

“I greatly appreciate his hard work, his commitment and his loyalty to the club, and, above all, for the friendship we have forged,” Taylor said of Mansfield.

“In our short history, Mel was instrumental in our two Superleague titles, as well as leading us to a third Grand Final and Fast5 success. She coached the University of Hertfordshire to successive BUCS titles, in plus being invited by England to help with the 2021 Legends Series.

“Mel’s list of achievements and coaching accolades is extremely well deserved. His dedication to the welfare and development of players and staff throughout the club has always been of the utmost importance, and the genuine care that she has for those around her cannot be underestimated.

“Mel has been in the Superleague since 2009 and after 13 years of extensive travelling, combined with his job as a lecturer and all the daily demands of family life, I fully respect his decision that it’s time for a break. .”

Vitality Netball Superleague – Spring Showdown

Saturday Sunday
1 p.m. Lightning vs. Storm 12 p.m. Bath against rhinos
2:45 p.m. Rhinos vs. Dragons 1:45 p.m. Dragons Against Lightning
4:30 p.m. Thunder against Sirens 3:30 p.m. storm against thunder
6:15 p.m. Wasps against pulse 5:15 p.m. Pulse vs. Mavericks
8 p.m. Mav vs. Stars 7 p.m. The stars against the wasps

Wasps’ season continues with two games at the 10-game “Spring Showdown” weekend in Birmingham. Each competition will be broadcast live sky sports over the weekend.

The Mansfield side take on the London Pulse on Saturday at 6.15pm before meeting the Severn Stars in the final game of the weekend on Sunday at 7pm.

The team currently sit ninth in the Superleague table, having won just three out of their 11 matches. Wasps entered the season having had high turnover in their squad and expecting a “new performance cycle”.

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