Michael Saker has accepted the position of the Senior Netball Interleague head coach to take on Hamden FNL at the 2019 Worksafe Community Championships.
Saker is two years into his coaching stint at Bacchus Marsh and was last year voted coach of the year by his peers.
He is a passionate coach who often gets the best out of his players and the league are thrilled to have him onboard for their 2019 campaign.
Saker arrived at the 2018 Henderson Medal night with little expectation and to be awarded coach of the year came as a shock to him.
He had no idea the coaching appointment was part of the coach of the year arrangement.
“It is very humbling to have my coaching recognized by the other coaches in the league,” Saker said.
“I have had a lot of involvement in indoor netball and have only just moved into outdoor full court netball, so it is an honour to be asked to coach the BFNL representative side.”
Saker will replace Annie McCartin who coached the team in 2017, after the BFNL were unable to secure a game last season.
This year the league has decided to select the team based on the team of the year, rather than having try outs, given the short turnaround of appointing a coach and their first competition.
The team of the year from 2018 is the best team, by position, as voted by the coaches.
Those who have left the league will relinquish their position and Saker will replace them.
Saker is most excited about the opportunity to coach at a high level and to learn more about the players in the league.
“The players in the league are of such quality it is a really good opportunity to share ideas and get to know each other,” Saker said.
Saker believes their style of play will be fast and low but has little knowledge of his opposition at this stage.
“It will be a quarter by quarter thing and we will just counter attack where we need to on the day.”