Janelle Monaghan will continue her family’s coaching legacy at South Colac when the star netballer takes on a senior mentoring role for the first time this season.
The emerging leader has joined decorated mentor Nicole Mitchell as a co-coach in 2019, with the Roos excited to develop Monaghan in a leadership capacity after failing to find a new coach during the off-season.
Mitchell took over from Monaghan’s mother Leanne as the Roos’ coach in 2014 after returning to the club from a decorated career at the Colac Tigers in 2013.
Champion goaler Mitchell said Janelle Monaghan had the hallmarks of a successful senior leader at the age of just 22.
Monaghan already has two A Grade premierships next to her name, in 2015 and ’16, and has featured in five senior grand finals, while earning Team of the Year honours at league level.
“Hopefully it’s a little bit of a stepping stone for her,” Mitchell said.
“We’ve had difficulties finding someone to step up into that A Grade coaching role and Janelle’s put her hand up to take it on and co-coach.
“I think she’ll turn out to be a really good coach, her mum has always coached, so she’s always been around someone in that role and she’s coached juniors before.
“In the coming years I think she’ll be able to take the lead, because she’s already had so much experience playing senior netball for the last seven years.”
Monaghan said her mum’s advice was crucial before she committed to a coaching position at A Grade level.
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