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Search for Sunshine Girls coach starts next year

Published:Thursday | December 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Reynolds

Netball Jamaica (NJ) will begin its search for a new Sunshine Girls coach early next year, after Minneth Reynolds' contract was not renewed by the Paula Daley-Morris led administration.

Wayne Lewis, a director at NJ, said Reynolds' contract expired on November 30 and so the fact that she submitted a letter of resignation on December 31th was of no effect.

"This is obviously an indication that she is not planning to come back to her job," said Lewis. "This is also null and void for her to resign when her contract expired on November 30."

Lewis said he was very surprised that Reynolds did not seek an extension of her contract days after the Sunshine Girls' 2-1 away series win over rivals England Roses in the United Kingdom.

DECISION ACCEPTED

"I am surprised that she would have made the decision not to seek to renew her contract after the team just won a series abroad. We have accepted the fact that her contract has expired and we do not have a coach right now."

Lewis did not say whether the association intended to extend the contract.

Meanwhile, the netball director told The Gleaner that efforts will now be made to find a replacement.

"Our next board meeting is due early in the New Year, and at that time, we will start the process of selecting a new coach," he stated.

When contacted yesterday, Reynolds said she would not discuss the matter.

Reynolds was appointed Sunshine Girls coach in 2014, taking over from Oberon Pitterson-Nattie.

She has had mixed results during her tenure as head coach as the senior netball team finished fourth at the 2015 World Championships in Sydney, Australia.

The Jamaicans also failed to win a match against the top sides Australia and New Zealand under Reynolds' watch.