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New Australian coach Stacey Marinkovich confident she can juggle national duties, Fever role and motherhood

Stacey Marinkovich is confident she can successfully juggle the three roles of being the Australian leader, West Coast Fever head coach and a mother.

Marinkovich was today announced as the 15th Diamonds’ coach, replacing long-time mentor Lisa Alexander who left the role with an 81 per cent winning record, but failed to win gold in the most recent Commonwealth Games and World Cup campaigns.

The 39-year-old will coach both Australia and Fever until late next year, with Marinkovich confirming she will stay on as coach of the Super Netball side until her contract expires at the end of the 2021 season.

From then Marinkovich will put all her efforts into the Diamonds reclaiming gold in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and 2023 Netball World Cup in South Africa.

“I never do things in halves, but I would never have put my hand up for a position without having and knowing that I have such a great support network around me,” Marinkovich said.

“I am completely aware of the expectations and responsibilities you accept when you take on a role like this, so there are some things that I have to work through with both the club and Netball Australia to make sure that when I’m in action I am really purposeful in the area that we’re working in.

“It is an absolute dream come true. From the moment I stepped into coaching, I have been really focused on empowering people around me and bringing the best out in them.

“I’ve always put on players, you always them to be better and I expect no different from myself.”

Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich (centre) is seen during the Round 3 Super Netball match between the Giants and the West Coast Fever.
Camera IconFever coach Stacey Marinkovich (centre) is seen during the Round 3 Super Netball match between the Giants and the West Coast Fever. Credit: DARREN ENGLAND/AAPIMAGE

Marinkovich said she was determined to continue the Diamonds’ legacy as a world-class team and believed the current Super Netball season would hold players in good stead for future tournaments.

“It’s about the team that represents the nation and for me, that’s about working with people, building relationships, understanding the skill sets of the players and making sure that we’re really connected and cohesive under intense pressured situations,” she said.

“I am incredibly excited by the talent and the players that are in our pathway and are playing in one of the toughest situations at the moment, having to relocate and then be pushed mentally and physically day in, day out.

“That’s more intense than a Commonwealth Games and a World Cup, so I think being in this environment and seeing what players are enduring, I think it sets a good foundation to what the Diamonds can build upon and understand of each other.”

Marinkovich does not have much time to celebrate though, turning her attention to Fever’s tough clash with Sunshine Coast Lightning tomorrow.

Fever head into the game after a mixed week, with the news of Marinkovich’s new role coming days after Super Netball rejected the club’s proposal to play games in Perth this year.

“The reality is when we put on our Fever uniform we’re really in that mode and my expectation is that we will be out there, ready,” she said.

“We set a standard earlier this week and we need to make sure can do that again and keep building on it.

“We have to make sure we get our skills right, get our work-rate right and we challenge for the ball.”

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