Former Silver Fern Amigene Metcalfe will step down as head coach of the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic at the end of the ANZ Premiership season.
The Magic have been struggling in recent years, on and off the court, and are bottom of the ladder after 10 successive defeats.
The embattled organisation confirmed Metcalfe would not continue as head coach beyond 2021, the morning after Monday night’s 65-50 loss to the Southern Steel in Invercargill.
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Amigene Metcalfe is stepping down as Magic coach.
I believe its time for me to take a step away from netball for a while. I have had such a close connection to this extended family that I call the Magic and it wasnt an easy decision to make, Metcalfe said in a statement on Tuesday.
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But Im excited to see what life away from the netball court will look like and Im looking forward to new challenges ahead, whatever they may be.
The results havent gone our way this year but I cant speak highly enough of the team we have in place at the Magic. The girls have been fantastic and an amazing bunch to work with that connection will be something that I will forever treasure.
Metcalfe, a former Magic midcourter, has been in the role since 2019 after taking over from the late Margaret Forsyth.
The team’s record has been dire in her three seasons in charge.
The Magic finished fourth in 2019 and bottom of the table last season, a position they are likely to occupy again having lost every match since an opening round win in April.
They have won just eight of 39 matches in the last three years, including two draws. Two other matches were declared draws last year after being cancelled due to Covid-19 alert level changes.
Magic general manager Gary Dawson thanked Metcalfe for her efforts and said she would be missed.
Amigene has shown an incredible loyalty to the Waikato and to the Magic over the years and we thank her for her stewardship of the Magic in the ANZ Premiership, he said in a statement.
She has an ability to bring together a group of athletes and make them a team who want to give their all in the Magic dress.
Even though Amigene is stepping away from netball I hope she will come back at some time in the future because she has a huge amount to offer the sport.
Dawson said they were already in the process of recruiting their next head coach and hope to name Metcalfe’s replacement as soon as possible.
Metcalfe was the Magic’s first signing in 1999 and was with the team until retiring as a player in 2008.
She first moved into coaching in the ANZ Premiership as an assistant in 2017, but she has found it tough as a head coach.
The Magic have four matches left to finish her tenure on a high, starting with the visit of the Steel to Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena next Monday night.