Amber Cross, Head Coach – Opens
Amber Cross is an Elite accredited coach who brings a steadily building portfolio of coaching experience to the Opens Head Coach role. Her most recent coaching achievements include:
NSW 17&U Head Coach (2019); NSW 19&U Assistant Coach (2018); NSW Swifts Apprentice Coach (2015); NSW 17&U Assistant Coach (2014/15); NSW ANL Blues Assistant Coach (2014); Netball Australia Targeted Coach (2014); Central Coast Academy of Sport Coach (2009-2013); and Central Coast State League Head Coach (2014/15).
Amber’s vision is to establish a positive high performance training and education environment that challenges, supports and empowers Central Coast Heart athletes to be the very best they can be, whilst also creating a winning team culture built on the Central Coast Heart core values of community, bravery, truth, pathways and knowledge.
Megan Sharpe, Head Coach – U20's
Megan Sharpe is an Advance accredited coach and has been honing her skills over the last 15 years, starting with coaching her daughters club side and progressing through to being appointed assistant coach of the Central Coast Heart Open’s inaugural Premier League team (2016/17).
Megan's resume includes: Assistant Coach Central Coast State League Div 2 team (2015), Central Coast Academy of Sport co-Head Coach (2009-2013) and Head Coach of various Woy Woy representative teams.
Megan believes in harnessing a team environment that is challenging yet enjoyable and "feels that the most rewarding part of coaching is seeing a group of girls come together to create a team that learns from one another playing a sport they are passionate about.”
Gima Crowdy, Assistant Coach - Opens
Gima’s recent involvement in coaching, including extensive International Coaching with Vanuatu as Head Coach- Pacific Mini Games 2017; Eastwood Ryde NA as Head Coach-ML Div.1 2017; Central Coast Academy of Sports Head Coach - 2014/2016; PNG Assistant Coach - Pacific Games 2015; PNG Head Coach - U20's; World Youth Cup Cook Islands and various State League programs.
An emerging Elite accredited coach, Gima’s involvement will be based around the culture as developed by the team and “I will support the team to meet the goals set by the high-performance program. I have progressed steadily and consistently through the Netball Australia coach development program and I am committed to continual self-improvement”.
Maria Hoad - Assistant Coach - U20's
Maria has been involved in netball for over 30 years, as a player and a coach.
An accredited Advance level coach, Maria has been the Head Coach of the Hunter Netball Academy Program for 3 past years.
Maria has worked for the Australian Sports Commission for many years; has coached in the State League Competition and for the previous two seasons, was the Head Coach of the CC Heart Metro League team.
“Over many years I have learned the importance of understanding players and how to teach them new skills and having the opportunity to help mould talented players to become a great team is exciting.
I am so privilege to do what I love. My vision is to help players be the best they can be in a team environment to enjoy their time on court and at training”.