Kirstie Fuller is the apprentice coach for the 19s NSW netball team

STEP UP: Kirstie Fuller will work with the NSW 19 and under side as an apprentice coach. Photo: Ben Jaffrey
STEP UP: Kirstie Fuller will work with the NSW 19 and under side as an apprentice coach. Photo: Ben Jaffrey

Kirstie Fuller’s ascension through the netball coaching ranks continues with her latest accomplishment being named apprentice coach of the 19 and under NSW team.

Gunnedah-based Fuller first dipped her toe into the coaching world as a 15-year-old.

Move forward a few years and the Glen Innes product gained a coaching role with NIAS – where she’s been for eight years – before also moving into the coaching ranks with NSW – first the 17s and now the 19s – which is something of a dream role for Fuller.

“I love netball, I’ve played since I was little,” Fuller said.

“I’m a teacher, too, so this [coaching and teaching] is all very similar to me.

“The development of a kid in all areas is what I love doing. The fact that it’s with netball as well is just amazing.”

As an apprentice coach for the 19s team, Fuller will work with head coach Lenore Blades and assistant coach Amber Cross.

The pair will mentor Fuller – who can’t wait to learn everything she can – before one day taking on one of the other coaching roles.

“Every training session I just learn so much,” Fuller said.

“The head coach Lenore Blades, I was under her last year as well, she’s just brilliant. She knows her netball so well.

“The relationships she develops with the girls is just amazing.

“She’s a really good mentor and role model. She has really good standards and expectations in such a high performance environment. That’s the sort of stuff I’m looking forward to learning about more.”

Fuller will make trips to Sydney before the end of the year for selection trials before things ramp up in January.

The netball coach will travel to Sydney on weekends for training before the 2018 National Netball Championships in Adelaide next April. All the while juggling being a new mother. However, Fuller has taken time off work to raise her son which eases her hectic schedule.