Up and coming Vitality Netball Super League cub London Pulse announced the signing of former Australia Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander AM to Performance Director from 2022.
The two-year deal will see the netball stalwart lead the performance strategy at London Pulse and join the VNSL coaching team alongside head coach Sam Bird and assistant Fiona Murtagh.
Alexander said it was the right time for her to make the move.
“I am excited, delighted and truly grateful for this opportunity to lead the strategic performance program, and coach, at a club I have greatly admired from afar, London Pulse,” she said.
“The ability to work with such a tight-knit professional club, a huge pool of talented athletes and coaches, and with Sam Bird as CEO/Head Coach, was an offer too good to refuse.”
Alexander will also oversee the player transition from performance pathway to elite as head coach of the U21 Squad.
London Pulse CEO and Head Coach Sam Bird said she was excited to have Alexander join the club.
“I am delighted to have brought Lisa to London Pulse. Her reputation speaks for itself but what excites me the most is Lisa’s growth mindset and how closely aligned her vision of developing world class athletes is to ours,” she said.
“She has worked at every level of the game and believes in the importance of working with athletes from the start of their journey to the top of their sport.
“I’ve mentioned many times before that the talent that exists in London and the surrounding areas is exceptional – bringing Lisa to the club will enable us to provide a platform for that talent to thrive and achieve their true potential – including many representing England and other nations at top level in years to come.”
Alexander is seen as a leading figure in International High-Performance Sport and was Head Coach of Australia for nine years.
Through her appointment, Alexander led the team to be 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold medallists, 2015 World Champions, eight time Constellation Cup winners, five time Quad Series Winners and continued success.
She currently sits on the Victorian Institute of Sport Board, as the Performance and Coaching Expert and working part time with Leading Teams as a High-Performance Expert and Ambassador.