Olivia Murphy joins Team Bath's coaching set-up for Zeo Netball Superleague

Last Updated: 28/01/14 12:51pm

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Olivia Murphy has joined Team Bath's coaching set-up.

Olivia Murphy has joined Team Bath's coaching set-up.

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Former England netball captain Olivia Murphy, one of the most respected figures in UK netball, has joined Team Bath as an assistant coach for the 2014 Superleague season.

Over her successful career Murphy has won 95 senior England caps that included six years as England captain, from 2000 to her international retirement in 2006.

The influential midcourter helped England to a bronze medal at the 1998 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and at the 1999 World Championships.

She has joined an experienced coaching set-up led by Sky Sports netball expert Jess Thirlby and Denise Ellis, a partnership that took Team Bath to their fifth Superleague title last year.

Speaking of her new role, Murphy said: "Jess and I have been working together with England under-21s, our relationship goes back a long way. We've played together and against each other in our career.

"I've got great respect for Jess and the way she goes about her business, and I think it will be a really exciting opportunity to work with her at Team Bath.

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"I want to be the best performance coach I can be so that I can contribute to England's quest to become World Champions.

"The opportunity to work with Jess and Denise, two established performance coaches, and a group of podium athletes is an exciting one as it will help me develop my coaching skills, while at the same time making a positive contribution to performance netball for England and Team Bath," she added.

Murphy will continue with her England coaching duties and her job as England Netball's East Midlands Regional Manager.

Don't forget you can watch the opening ZEO Netball Superleague match between Hertfordshire Mavericks and Celtic Dragons live on Sky Sports 3 from 7.30pm, 30 January.

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