Amber Cross, Head Coach – Opens
Amber Cross is an emerging Elite coach who brings a steadily building portfolio of coaching experience to the Opens Head Coach role. Her most recent coaching achievements include: 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.
Nerida Stewart, Head Coach – U20s
Nerida Stewart has been involved in netball for over 35 years now as a player, selector and coach. She is currently completing her advanced certificate in coaching.
Her playing history is vast, beginning with the Hills district netball association in juniors, she moved to Ku ring gai for her senior career. Nerida was a scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of sport for 12 months and represented NSW at u/19, u/21 and open level. She has also represented Northern Territory, ACT and Tasmania at open level Nationals.
Nerida was a member of the Australian U/21 Squad and was an invitee to train with the Australian Squad. She was named "Players Player" at two consecutive Nationals and was also a Member of the Sydney Cenovis team along with the Sydney Swifts.
She has played with legends of the game such as Liz Ellis, Catherine Cox, Alison Broadbent and Megan Anderson, to name a few.
After retiring, Nerida began coaching Juniors on the Central Coast at club level with great success and recently began coaching seniors division 1. She coached the 2014/15 Gosford u/17's and she coached a Central Coast Academy of Sport team at the 2015 NIB Games – her team won the tournament.
During her career, Nerida has been coached by some of the greatest, including Julie Fitzgerald, NZ Kia Magic and Jill Macintosh, recent coach for Jamaica. All of this experience and more, has helped to mould her into the coach she is today.
"I believe in challenging players to extend themselves beyond their safety zone. I believe in creating an enjoyable space to harness their skills and help them be the best netballer they can be. I believe in the word TEAM and strive to teach those around me of its meaning. I believe in little steps not giant leaps.
Netball is a simple game but it can be a great one if you are enjoying it. I hope that the players I coach get as much enjoyment and success out of the game as I have got." says Nerida.
Jessica Morgan, Assistant Coach – U20s
Jessica is 25 years old, from the Central Coast and currently teach PDHPE/HSIE at a High School (yep, by choice!) She has played the game for 19 years, with her highest achievement being playing for Central Coast in Division 2 of Dooley's State League.
Coaching is a relatively new endeavour for Jessica, she only started after a second torn ACL put her playing aspirations on hold, but thankfully she enjoys the coaching side of netball (almost) as much as playing! Jess currently holds an Intermediate coaching accreditation and has coached at club, representative and academy level (Assistant Coach for CCAS). She's got a lot of "Heart" for the game and is looking forward to 2016 and all it has to offer.
Megan Sharpe, Assistant Coach – Opens
Megan Sharpe has been developing as a coach 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 premier league team. Her 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 is about to embark on the journey to gain her advanced certificate in coaching and hopes to use the knowledge she has to support the Central Coast Heart in their inaugural season. “I believe in harnessing a team environment that is challenging yet enjoyable. The most rewarding part of coaching is seeing a bunch of girls come together to create a team that learns from one another playing a sport they are passionate about.”