Head Coach

Collingwood secured one of netball’s brightest talents in Kristy Keppich-Birrell as the inaugural coach of its 2017 SSN team. Keppich-Birrell arrived at the Holden Centre after a successful career in Victoria’s junior and elite netball ranks. It was a pathway that culminated in back-to-back Australian Netball League premierships at the helm of Victorian Fury in 2014 and 2015. The Melbourne mother of two then took on the role of assistant coach at ANZ Championship franchise, the Adelaide Thunderbirds in 2016, where she was promoted to caretaker coach mid-season. Keppich-Birrell said it’s an exciting time for netball and women’s sport, and Collingwood is leading the charge. “It's such a unique moment in time for netball." "Collingwood gives our game the platform to explore and discover how two traditionally connected sports can challenge each other in the daily training environment to produce exceptional performances and exceptional people.” “As part of such a historic sporting club, I hope we can continue to grow netball’s legacy in the greater community.”