on the move


The Canberra Nationals are pleased to announce that Natalie Hurst will take up the head coaching position for the upcoming Waratah One season, following the departure of Jenny Lonergan.

The guard who won multiple championships with the Capitals will pull down the curtain on a glittering WNBL career, retiring at season’s end. Hurst says it’s the perfect opportunity to put her own mark on a program that helped kick-start her career.

“I always wanted to get into coaching at some stage and this opportunity came up and I jumped at it,” Hurst said.

“Being a Canberra kid it’s great I get to start my coaching career basically where it all started for me. If not for this feeder program into the WNBL I may never have been able to have the career I have so I felt the need to give back.”

The Canberra local is looking forward to relishing the challenge of taking the reigns of a team that made last year’s grand final, and says there will be plenty of lessons along the way.

“It’s super exciting what the team did in last year’s competition. It’s very early days for me in this role so I’m not coming in just looking at getting wins there will be a lot more to it than just that for me.” Hurst said.

“It’s going to be a massive learning curve and I look forward to the challenge. What will I learn the most? That’s a tough question because I have everything to learn as a coach.

“Coming straight out of playing to coaching I think will be a massive adjustment, but as I have said, I am looking forward to every challenge and learning the game from a different angle.”


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