Diamonds head coach Lisa Alexander has parted ways with Netball Australia after the board chose not to renew her contract.
- Lisa Alexander coached the Diamonds in 102 test matches, winning the 2015 World Cup in Sydney
- The 56-year-old said she would have loved to extend her contract with the national team
- The Diamonds lost the last two major finals they played, at the Commonwealth Games and World Cup
Alexander’s departure was confirmed by Netball Australia at a press conference in Melbourne.
The World Cup-winning coach said she had hoped to continue in the role past the 2020 expiry of her contract and was “disappointed” not to have her contract renewed.
However, Alexander said she “accepted” the decision of the board to move in a different direction.
“It’s always a great honour to represent your country,” Alexander said.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as the Australian Diamonds head coach for the past eight and a half years.”
“I would dearly have loved to continue in the role beyond December 2020, and whilst disappointed with the decision not to renew my contract, I respect the decision of the board to head in a new direction.”
Netball Australia boss Marne Fechner thanked Alexander for her service, saying she left a “great legacy”.
“Lisa has had a significant impact on our sport and achieved great things in her time, both on and off the court.
“Lisa is and will remain an important part of the netball family.”
Alexander will coach the Diamonds for the final time on March 1, in a bushfire relief charity match against a Super Netball All Stars side.
The 56-year-old has coached 102 tests for the national team, winning 81 per cent of her matches since taking over from Norma Plummer after the 2011 World Cup.
Alexander led the team to gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and at the Sydney World Cup in 2015.
However, the Diamonds suffered successive one-point defeats in the finals of their last two major events.
Australia were stunningly beaten on home soil at the 2018 Commonwealth Games by England on the Gold Coast.
The Diamonds also finished as runners up to New Zealand in last year’s World Cup in England, the first time Australia had failed to take home the gold medal since 2003.
“At the end of the day, it is expected that Australian netball is successful,” Alexander said.
“It’s never pleasant [when a contract ends], but that’s sport.”
Fechner said she expected a new coach to be appointed in the middle of the year, ahead of the quad series in September.