Reynolds sets sights on top job
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Assistant coach Minette Reynolds has her sight fixed on becoming the head coach of Jamaica's Sunshine Girls following the departure of Oberon Pitterson-Nattie from the post last week.
Pitterson-Nattie and Netball Jamaica parted ways last week after she had rejected a new contract from the board, which would run until the 2015 World Netball Championships in Australia.
Reynolds, who has been Pitterson-Nattie's assistant since last September, has been put in charge of the Sunshine Girls team that is currently preparing for Commonwealth Games, which will be held in July in Scotland.
"It is always my dream and aspiration to become the head coach of the national senior team," Reynolds told The Gleaner yesterday.
"However, if I am not selected as the head coach of the team, then it's no problem because I just want to be a part of the team and to make my contribution in a positive way and to ensure that Jamaica becomes the number one in the world one day," Reynolds said.
When contacted yesterday, Karen Anderson, general manager of Netball Jamaica, said the association has still not decided when they will be naming a new head coach.
"We are looking at our plans and Miss Reynolds is in charge until Jill McIntosh comes here," said Anderson.
Reynolds, a graduate of the G.C. Foster College with a bachelors degree in physical education, has been coaching the sport for more than 20 years. She is a former head coach of Jamaica's Under-16 team as well as assistant coach of the Under-21 team.
Reynolds added that she is well aware of the challenges which lie ahead and she is very focused on getting the team ready in time for the Commonwealth Games.
"There will be no pressure on me because I am aware of the challenge that lies ahead and so I am prepared to work hard to get the job done," Reynolds said.
"I am not really focusing on myself. My focus is on getting the girls ready for the Commonwealth Games," she said.
girls very passionate
Reynolds stated that the girls are very passionate about what they are doing because they know that it is very important for them to give a good account of themselves at the Commonwealth Games and so they have been working to achieve that objective.
"These girls want to be on the medal podium at the Commonwealth Games and so they are very determined to put in the work in order for them to achieve this goal," she said.