Firebirds Head Coach Roselee Jencke has put pen to paper, extending her contract until the end of 2020.
Jencke, who recently stepped down from her role as assistant coach of the Australian Diamonds, is excited to continue her highly successful tenure at the club, in the state she now calls home.
“My daughter is here in Brisbane with me and she is going to uni now, we’ve got a great life here. At the present time I’m really happy being with the Firebirds and Netball Queensland,” she said.
“I’m really passionate about the Firebirds, I’m passionate about Netball Queensland, and netball in Queensland. We’ve got fantastic young players coming through and I want to be part of that going into the future.”
Jencke spoke about the opening of the new state home of netball at Nathan as an added incentive to continue in the role. “It’s exciting times for netball with the new home of netball opening at the start of 2019.
(It’s) a building that we haven’t had in this state for netball before. Being able to train at the one venue. Being able to walk through the doors and have our history plastered on the walls.
To have that real sense of belonging for all the state. To be a part of that journey and extend that is exciting.”
A large part of that history has been under Jencke, having been at the helm of the club since 2010.
Jencke, steered the team to an undefeated season and premiership win in 2011, followed by four consecutive grand final appearances culminating in the historic 2015 and 2016 grand final wins against the NSW Swifts.
“It’s an awesome feeling to know that netball Queensland and Catherine (Clark, Netball Queensland CEO) have the confidence and belief in me to take the Firebirds through until 2020. They’ve been incredibly supportive of me over the years and I want to continue giving back,” Jencke said.
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