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Coaches announced for acclaimed development programme

High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) has today announced the latest intake of eight coaches to undertake its highly acclaimed Coach Accelerator Programme.

The coaches selected for the three-year professional development programme are; Debbie Fuller (Netball), Dan Kelly (Rowing), Greg Nicol (Hockey), Craig Philpott (Rugby), Debbie Strange (Athletics), Sean Thompson (Snow Sports), Dean Vickerman (Basketball) and Helene Wilson (Netball).

Sky City New Zealand Breakers Head Coach Dean Vickerman says he’s excited to be given the opportunity to participate in the programme.

“One of our key mottos at the Sky City New Zealand Breakers is ‘Did we get better today?’ and as a coach this opportunity will give my coaching knowledge and development a real boost.”

This is the eighth intake of coaches into the programme with prominent coaches who have graduated from Coach Accelerator including; All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, newly appointed Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby and Black Caps coach Mike Hesson.

“It’s a really tough process selecting each intake of coaches because the calibre of applicants is so high and we’re delighted with this latest batch,” says Alex Baumann, HPSNZ Chief Executive.

“Coach Accelerator aims to increase New Zealand's pool of world-class coaches and we’re certainly doing this when you look at who has been through the programme.”

During the three years the coaches receive individualised professional development programmes which include access to coaching mentors, high performance athletes and support personnel, as well as experts from various high performance environments.

More information on the Coach Accelerator Programme is available here.

Updated on 5th January 2016