Northern Hawks netball club have re-appointed Ruth Tuohy as coach for the 2017 season

Northern Hawks coach Ruth Tuohy

Northern Hawks coach Ruth Tuohy

Northern Hawks Netball Club have announced the reappointment of coach Ruth Tuohy for the 2017 State League netball season.

The appointment comes after a very successful 2016 season, with both the 19 and under and open teams playing in their respective league grand finals. 

“In 2016 Ruth steered the Hawks opens to a berth in the grand final and showed great leadership as head coach,” Northern Hawks president Rose Gibbons said.

“After the news of the upcoming birth of her first child, Ruth continued on with complete dedication to her new role and certainly did her utmost in for the junior development when her baby daughter was welcomed recently.

“Ruth has had a great influence in building team spirit and club culture adding to the camaraderie of both teams.”

Tuohy brings a wealth of experience to her head coaching role with Northern Hawks beginning an advanced coach accreditation last year which she aims to complete in 2017.

She coached the Northern Hawks 14 and under development squad in 2014 and was player development convenor for the Northern Tasmanian Netball Association in 2016.

Tuohy has had many roles within NTNA including developing her coaching skills and knowledge at junior and senior level with her home club Spartans winning two midweek division 1 premierships.

Kellie Woolnough has been appointed opens assistant coach and again is well qualified for the role.

Woolnough has advanced coach accreditation and has coached both opens and 19 and under State League divisions in previous years.

In 2016, she coached the club’s 14 and under development squad and also assisted Tuohy with the opens team as a mentor.

Kellie Tahiri will be head coach of Northern Hawks 19 and under team in 2017.

Tahiri has coached all divisions within the club over the past decade and coached juniors and seniors with NTNA club Western Storm in 2016. She was joint winner of the coach of the year for the State League 19 and unders last season.

 Michael Bird has been appointed as the 19s assistant coach.

Gibbons said that the club was enjoying the results from the building process that had taken place over the last few years and that the club’s two teams were fortunate to have such depth in coaching staff.