Netball: Jenny-May Clarkson re-joins Mystics coaching ranks

Jenny-May Clarkson. Photo / Natalie Slade
Jenny-May Clarkson. Photo / Natalie Slade

Former Silver Fern Jenny-May Clarkson has re-joined the Northern Mystics coaching ranks ahead of the 2016 ANZ Championship season.

Clarkson (nee Coffin) has stepped into the void left by Noeline Taurua, who took up the head coach job at the Steel at the end of last year. Clarkson will assume a specialist coaching role, focusing on the attack end of the court, renewing her partnership with Mystics coach Debbie Fuller.

The pair last coached the Mystics together in 2011, when the Auckland franchise secured their maiden grand final appearance.

Clarkson, who is expecting twins in April, will initially focus her contribution on the pre-season, with the possibility further coaching support may be added to the team at a later date.

The 26-test Silver Fern said her involvement with the team will be judged on a week-by-week basis, but she is confident she can make a meaningful contribution.

"They've had three sessions this week and I've been to all three of them so whenever I commit to something I do it full on. And that's what I intend on doing until it gets too much for me and my babies," said Clarkson.

"That's the great thing about Debs and the franchise is that they understand that there may be times that I have to take a backward step."

While she has not held an official coaching role with the Mystics for several years, Clarkson said she has always been closely involved with the team and is comfortable stepping back into the environment.

"I obviously have a long history with the franchise, so to continue that connection really is an honour and a privilege," says Clarkson.

"I'm never afraid to add my two cents worth, where and when I feel it's appropriate, and I'm thankful to Debbie for allowing me to make a contribution towards the team realising its potential in 2016."

For Fuller, Clarkson "brings a real knowledge of our area and our athletes. She understands performance, and our culture, and will add a lot of value."

The full Mystics squad commenced their preseason training last week.

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