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Jamaican netball coach steps down: no regrets for Reynolds

LEGACY: Minneth Reynolds

VETERAN NETBALL coach Minneth Reynolds said the time was right for her to step down as head coach for the Sunshine Girls and believes that the current crop of national senior netballers can lift the sport if given the right guidance.

Reynolds, who has been involved with the national programme at varying levels since 2005, achieving particular success with the country's age group teams, decided to end her contract with Netball Jamaica (NJ) one year before its expiration, following a somewhat surprising series win over arch-rivals England.

Contrary to earlier reports, Reynolds' most recent deal with NJ, which was signed in May 2016 under the signature of current president Dr Paula Daley-Morris, was due to run its course on December 31, 2017.

The decision to end the deal, she says, was due to personal reasons. She also offered some advice to the incoming coach.

"It's personal," Reynolds shared.

"All things must come to an end whether it's good or bad. It's just that the time has come for me to say let's give someone else a chance."

Reynolds' reign included a 0-3 defeat to New Zealand and a 2-1 win over England, their first away win over the Roses since 2007. Both series were played away.

"Most persons would not have done what I did. I had a very young and inexperienced squad that I took to New Zealand I wasn't afraid. Win, lose, or draw, I was determined to go to New Zealand."

'Time is right

While not slamming the door shut on a possible return to the programme, Reynolds, who says that she has no regrets about her experiences, believes the time is right to afford the opportunity to another individual, one she hopes will nurture what she considers the talented group of ladies in the Sunshine Girls programme.

"For now, I think I am taking a well-needed break. I have been in the programme since 2005, and I think it's time for someone else. There is no regret. I have done my time. I have done well, particularly with the juniors, and I did my best with the seniors," Reynolds told The Gleaner yesterday.

"It doesn't mean it will always work the way you want it to, but all things must come to an end and I think that my time has come to say goodbye to coaching in the national programme. But it's certainly not goodbye to netball because that's my passion and I won't be giving up my passion.

"I always believe in these ladies. Whoever comes in to take over just has to believe in their netball ability and help them to believe in themselves; understand them and their lives in and outside of netball and try to work with them as best as possible," Reynolds advised.

"These are good ladies. It's a very good crop of girls. You just have to work with them, respect them and you will get the best out of them. You have to understand that it's all about working as a team, getting them involved, making them a part of the process."

The NJ top brass is expected to meet next Thursday to decide the way forward for the programme. The task of finding a new coach is likely to be directed to the technical committee.

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