2024 KDNA Rep Coaches Profiles

Head Coach

Head Coach

Cristina Cvetkoski

Introduction

Cristina’s passion lies in inspiring and empowering players while constantly striving to elevate their skills and knowledge. With over 8 years experience, Cristina specialises in fine-tuning techniques and ensuring players perfect their skills to progress to higher sections.

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Introduction

Cristina’s passion lies in inspiring and empowering players while constantly striving to elevate their skills and knowledge. With over 8 years experience, Cristina specialises in fine-tuning techniques and ensuring players perfect their skills to progress to higher sections.

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Coaching Philosophy

Cristina believes that a cohesive team is key to success in netball. Teamwork and team bonding are crucial in enhancing skills and maintaining game flow. Cristina takes pride in creating strategies that foster unity within the team, bringing them together as a cohesive unit. While motivated by wins, Cristina also emphasises the importance of having fun throughout the process. As a coach, Cristina strives to maintain a fair and firm approach, expecting the same level of effort from her team as she puts into coaching them.

 

Coaching Experience

  • Present: Head Coach, Kingston & Districts Netball Association
  • 2024: 17 & Under Coach, Kingston & Districts Netball Association,
  • 2024: 19 & Under Super Series Coach, Kingston & DIstricts Netball Association
  • 2024: Division 2 Murrumbeena Football Netball Club Coach – Southern Football Netball League (SFNL)
  • 2023: Assistant Coach 17’s Henderson Region State Team
  • 2023: Specialist Coach Dingley Senior Netball Club – SFNL
  • 2021-2023: 15 & Under Team 3, Kingston & Districts Netball Association
  • 2022-2023: 18 & Under Coach, Assumption Netball Club, Dingley Netball Club, Maroons Netball Club
  • 2015-2021: 13/U and 15/U Coach, Assumption Netball Club, Dingley Netball Club, Maroons Netball Club

Qualifications and Certifications

Intermediate Level Coach

Lead Coach - 11 & Under

Lead Coach - 11 & Under

Mary-Ann Calabrese

Introduction

Mary-Ann Calabrese has extensive coaching experience with younger players. Amongst many successes she has coached a primary school team to a Netball Victoria State Title in 2019 and lead the school to obtaining the title of Netball Victoria School of the Year. She has been coaching at Kingston and District Netball Association since 2020.

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Coaching Philosophy

Mary-Ann loves netball. The most important thing that Mary-Ann wants to give to her players is that same passion for the game. She played for many years at a high level and understands the importance of teamwork, training hard and respecting others. She loves seeing her players grow in confidence, achieve pre-set goals and work together to achieve success on and off the court.

Coaching Experience

  • 2021- present: 11&U Coach, Kingston & Districts Netball Association
  • 2020: 15&U Kingston & Districts Netball Association
  • 2019: St John Vianney Primary School – Netball coach
  • 2017 – 2020: different age groups at CCC Bolts Netball Club

Qualifications and Certifications

Development Level Coach

11 & Under Coach

11 & Under Coach

Lucy Farmer

Introduction

Lucy is a passionate and committed netball coach with many years’ experience coaching both in Australia and the UK. Before emigrating to Australia in 2022 Lucy coached a number of school based teams and adult teams in Birmingham where she was a learning her craft as a PE teacher. With her teaching experience and netball brain, Lucy is well suited to ensuring the basic and fundamental skills are taught to players in a caring, thoughtful and energetic manner.

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Coaching Philosophy

Lucy leads by example, she believes in creating a positive and inclusive environment.  Lucy’s coaching philosophy encompasses resilience, empowerment and determination to assist her players to be the best they can.

Coaching Experience

  • 2022- present: 11&U Coach Kingston & Districts Netball Association
  • 2019 – 2021: 13&U Coach Kingston & Districts Netball Association
  • 2017 – present: different age groups: Omega Netball Club
  • Started coaching club/school teams in 1998.

Qualifications and Certifications

Development Level Coach
P.E. Teacher

Lead Coach - 13 & Under

Lead Coach - 13 & Under

Robert Whittaker

Introduction

Rob has over two decades of coaching experience and has attained the rank of Intermediate Coach during this period. This achievement equips him with the necessary tools to enhance the skills of the players under his guidance. With a wealth of knowledge amassed over the years, he emphasizes investment not only in the team aspect but also in each individual, enabling them to progress on their respective journeys.

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Coaching Philosophy

Rob believes that any individual in a coaching role bears significant responsibility in their relationship with the players and their development. The environment under his supervision is welcoming, interesting, educational, and importantly, enjoyable. In a sport like Netball, the team aspect holds great importance to Rob, and the comprehension of each player’s role is vital.

Coaching Experience

  • 2018- Present Coach Kingston and District Netball Association
  • 2015-2018 Head Coach U15s Bayside Netball Club
  • 2007-2014 Coach over many age groups, Kingston and Districts N.A.
  • Coached from 2000 to 2012 Red Angels Netball club

Qualifications and Certifications

Development Level Coach

13-2's Coach

13-2's Coach

Adrienne Shepard

Introduction

Adrienne is a secondary school teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching Physical Education and Science. She believes that a team effort is essential to success and that players should be thinking about how they can improve and understand how to play their role. A dedicated work ethic is essential and the ability to listen and respond to feedback. Good communication is essential to a well-functioning team environment along with clear instructions. Adrienne enjoys seeing her players improve and develop their skills so that they fully enjoy their netball.

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Coaching experience

  • 2022-present: U13-2s coach
  • 2022-present: St Peters NC coach U13 & U15
  • Over the last 20 years: coached several school sporting teams including netball, basketball and softball as well as domestic basketball in McKinnon Basketball Association
  • Starting netball coaching in 1996

Qualifications

Development Level Coach

13-3's Coach

13-3's Coach

Elle Healey

Introduction

Elles’s passion for netball has been longstanding, although she is new to KDNA she has coached most of her adult life for domestic and within the primary school state competitions. Her love for netball has been handed down to her daughters and she loves seeing kids grow and excel with their netball skills.

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Coaching Experience

  • Under 13 Coach KDNA
  • Carnegie Netball Club
  • Tigers Netball Club

 

Qualifications

Foundation Level Coach

    Lead Coach - 15 & Under

    Lead Coach - 15 & Under

    Rachelle Anstey

    Introduction

    Rachelle Anstey is a highly skilled and experienced netball coach with a passion for the sport and a proven track record of developing successful teams and individual players. With 30+ years of coaching experience, Rachelle brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every training session and match. Her coaching philosophy emphasizes teamwork, skill development, and fostering a positive and supportive environment for players to excel.

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    Coaching Philosophy

    Rachelle believes in creating a positive and inclusive environment where players feel empowered to excel both on and off the court. Her coaching philosophy revolves around teamwork, discipline, and continuous improvement. She emphasises the importance of hard work, dedication, and respect for the sport and teammates.

    Coaching Experience

    • 2024: Lead Coach 15 & Under, Kingston & Districts Netball Association
    • 2018 – 2023: Head Coach, Kingston & Districts Netball Association
    • 2016 -2017: 15 & Under Coach, Chelsea & Districts Netball Association
    • 2014 -2015: 15 & Under Coach, Kingston & Districts Netball Association
    • 2014 – present: different age groups: CCC Bolts Netball Club
    • 2010 – 2014: different age groups: Pink Panthers Netball Club
    • Started coaching club teams in 1983.

    Qualifications and Certifications

    Development Level Coach

    15-2's Coach

    15-2's Coach

    Michelle Williamson

    Introduction

    Michelle is an experienced netball coach who possesses an extensive skill set and vast experience in the sport. Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every training session and match she coaches. Her coaching focuses on teamwork, skill development, and creating an environment that empowers players to reach their goals. Throughout her coaching, Michelle has  developed successful teams and individual players.

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    Coaching Philosophy

    Michelle is all about making sure her players feel supported and encouraged to do their best. She’s a big believer in teamwork, discipline, and always striving to get better. Michelle places great emphasis on the significance of hard work, dedication, and respect for the sport and teammates.

    Coaching Experience

    • 2012 – Current: Carnegie Netball Club
    • 2021 – 2023: 15 & Under Coach, Kingston & Districts Netball Association
    • Started coaching club teams in 2012.

    Qualifications and Certifications

    Development Level Coach

    15-3's Coach

    15-3's Coach

    Christine Baker

    Introduction

    Christine is a highly motivated and organised coach with 6 years of domestic coaching experience and success with players from NSG through to 15 & Under.  She has been the representative coach for the 13/3s for Kingston, the last 2 years, achieving finals at Waverley competitions and at tournaments.  Christine is a Community Coach in Netball Victoria’s Sporting Schools and Confident Girls programs, delivering netball clinics in primary schools.

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    Coaching Philosophy

    Christine has strong communication and interpersonal skills, establishing rapport with players and supporting young people to achieve their personal goals and enjoy their involvement in netball.  She creates a positive learning and team environment where players develop their skills and play with determination and confidence.

    Coaching Experience

    • 2017 – Current: Domestic Coach at Cheltenham East Dolphins (NSG to 15&U)
    • 2022 – Current: Representative Coach at Kingston & District Netball Association
    • 2023 – Current: Community Coach at Netball Victoria

    Qualifications and Certifications

    Development Level Coach

    Lead Coach  - 17 & Under

    Lead Coach - 17 & Under

    Rod Tatter

    Introduction

    Rod is an experienced netball coach with close to 10 years coaching experience at representative level with KDNA, with proven results of developing the successful progression of both individual players and teams. Never afraid to think outside the box, he brings a new approach to every training session and focuses on building knowledge and skills and how it applies to match play. Rod’s coaching philosophy emphasises fresh thinking, challenging the players and building teamwork. All within a positive and safe environment for players to develop at an individual pace.

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    Coaching Philosophy

    Every squad is different each year so Rod believes in highlighting and utilising a player’s strengths while identifying and developing the gaps to work on at training. Developing and encouraging a player’s ability to embrace change and have a better understanding of teamwork through court structure and strategy, his motto is “I’d rather lose well than win bad”.

     

    Coaching Experience

    • 2023 – Present: Lead Coach 17 & Under, Kingston & Districts Netball Association
    • 2018-2022: 17 & Under Coach, Kingston & Districts Netball Association
    • 2015-2017: Open Coach, Kingston & Districts Netball Association
    • 2014: 17 & Under Coach, Kingston & Districts Netball Association
    • 2009 -2015: St Peter’s NC – U11,13,15,17 & Opens

    Qualifications and Certifications

    Development Level Coach

    17-3's Coach

    17-3's Coach

    Chrissy Lauriola

    Introduction

    Chrissy has 15+ years of coaching experience with St. Peter’s Netball club as well as playing for the club and Kingston Association. She is an experienced netball coach with a genuine love for the sport and a willingness to continue to further develop her coaching ability. Chrissy is dedicated to creating a strength and conditioning program tailored to develop the skills of players on and off the court.

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    Coaching Philosophy

    Chrissy believes in creating a team environment that is a safe and inclusive space for all players to be able to reach their individual potential. She strives to provide effective and engaging training sessions to allow players to improve and excel their performance as teammates on the court.

    Coaching Experience

    • 2022 – present: Under 17-2’s Coach, Kingston and Districts Netball Association.
    • 2006- 2020: Different age groups: St. Peter’s Netball Club.

    Qualifications and Certifications

    Foundation Level Coach

    Open Coach

    Open Coach

    Darren Stafrace

    Introduction

    Darren is an experienced coach with a passion for netball and a long history of building successful teams and developing individual players. A strong focus of Darren’s coaching style is always team first and a healthy environment to ensure the enjoyment of the game is at the forefront for every team.

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    Coaching Philosophy

    Darren believes a bonded team that is enjoying their netball brings the best results on and off the court. You’ll often hear Darren say “If you are doing it without a smile on your face, you’re doing it wrong”.

    Coaching Experience

    • 2020 – Present: Open Coach, Kingston & Districts Netball Association
    • 2021 – Present: Division 1 Coach, Cheltenham Football Netball Club – SFNL
    • 2019 – 2020: Division 2 Coach, Mordialloc Football Netball Club – SFNL
    • 2016 -2019: 15&Unders Coach, Gippsland Storm
    • 1998 -2015: Various Open and junior teams

    Qualifications and Certifications

    Development Level Coach