Best of Series: Lisa Alexander

Lisa Alexander

Our Great Coach on this episode is Lisa Alexander.
Lisa Alexander was the coach of the Australian Netball team, known as the Diamonds, from 2011 to 2020.
Her coaching journey started in country Victoria, before she progressed to coach the Melbourne Phoenix in the nationalcompetition, taking the team to two title wins in 2002 and 2003.
She was appointed head coach of the Australian U21 netball team in 2006.
And then in 2011, she was named as the head coach of the Australia national netball team taking over from the legendary Norma Plummer. She then went on to coach the National team for 102 matches; winning 83 of those games. She oversaw gold medal successes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 Netball World Cup, as well as silver medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 Netball World Cup.
Lisa is an articulate and passionate coach; who speaks candidly about the issues propelling elite performance. She has high expectations and standards and you will hear here talk about this in the context of team culture; and the “sisters in arms” trademark that she introduced.
Other highlights of the discussion for me included:
· Expecting her players to not only become leaders on the court but also aspiring to be a Prime Minister off the court
· How google look for employees with coaching experience
· And how coaches csocializing with athletes can create problems within the team.
It is a great conversation with Lisa, and at the end of it I felt confident that we would be seeing her transition into coaching other sports in the near future. I hope you enjoy it.
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