Netball New Zealand have resisted the urge to hire an Australian coach and appointed Janine Southby as the new head coach of the Silver Ferns.
Southby becomes only the tenth coach to guide the Silver Ferns in their 77-year history, and will be at the helm for the next four-year cycle.
Southby is the current coach of the Southern Steel in the ANZ Championship, a position she has held since 2013 (co-coach in 2012).
Southern Steel coach Janine Southby
I am looking forward to the challenge and working with those involved to build on the solid foundations that are already in place"
She was assistant coach of NZA for their pre-NWC2015 tour to Sydney and coached the FAST5 Ferns in 2013-2014, winning the title in both years.
Southby says she is looking forward to starting the next chapter in her coaching career.
"It is an honour and a privilege to be given the responsibility of leading the Silver Ferns and working with such an exciting group of athletes," Southby said.
"I am looking forward to the challenge and working with those involved to build on the solid foundations that are already in place."
Southby will step down from her role as coach of the Southern Steel and commence her role as Silver Ferns coach from December 1, 2015.
She will work with Netball New Zealand to appoint support staff, including a new assistant coach.
Netball New Zealand will name a group of Silver Ferns trialists next week, to attend a camp in Auckland from December 7-11, 2015.
From this camp, the 2016 Silver Ferns Squad will be selected.
Southby will lead the Silver Ferns in their quest for gold at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, April 4-15, and Netball World Cup in Liverpool in 2019.