London Pulse assistant coach and Head of Academy Danielle Titmuss has been appointed as the new head coach of Celtic Dragons.
Titmuss will be joining the franchise imminently with preparations for the 2022 Vitality Netball Superleague season already underway.
Titmuss, a graduate of Brunel University, has progressed through the English coaching pathway in impressive fashion over her 14-year coaching career to date.
Incoming-Celtic Dragons coach Danielle Titmuss said she wanted to hit the ground running.
“I am really excited to join Celtic Dragons as head coach, achieving a lifelong ambition of mine. I’ve been fortunate to coach so many young athletes on their journey through to the Superleague, it feels awesome to now be following through the next part of my own journey,” she said.
“I’d like to thank all the staff and athletes at London Pulse. I’m really proud of what we have achieved over the last two seasons and wish everyone at the club well.
“I’m looking forward to both the challenge and opportunity to work with Celtic Dragons. There’s so much potential for growth, I’m excited to be a part of that and can’t wait to build a competitive team for the next season.”
She has coached club, University, English Pathway and franchise teams across the country, including a spell coaching state teams in Sydney, Australia.
She was Wasps’ inaugural Under 21 head coach and has also led netball programmes at Brunel University and the University of Birmingham.
Most recently, she has been a core part of Sam Bird’s London Pulse set-up, who have taken the franchise on a steady climb up the league table in recent seasons, finishing 8 of 11 in 2021.
Welsh Netball CEO Sarah Jones said it was an exciting time for the struggling franchise
“Danielle is one of the UK’s most exciting young coaches and we are thrilled to have her take the reins at Celtic Dragons,” she said.
“The recruitment process saw a diverse and talented group of candidates apply for the position, but Danielle’s track record across a range of different netball environments, her vision and her drive meant that she was the natural choice for us.
“Her energy and creativity will be key for us as she works with our newly appointed Head of Elite, Sara Hale, in delivering our new elite performance strategy, further developing our franchise age group programme and most importantly leading a winning franchise over the coming years.”