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Dan Kelly named in 2016 Coach Accelerator Programme

  • 25 Jan 16

Waikato Assistant RPC Coach Dan Kelly has been named in the Coach Accelerator Programme intake for 2016. Kelly will join Debbie Fuller (Netball), Greg Nicol (Hockey), Craig Philpott (Rugby), Debbie Strange (Athletics), Sean Thompson (Snow Sports), Dean Vickerman (Basketball) and Helene Wilson (Netball) in High Performance Sport New Zealand’s next Coach Accelerator Programme.

Rowing coach Dan Kelly says he’s really pleased to have been given the opportunity to join the progamme. “I am very excited about the prospect of the Coach Accelerator programme and the opportunity of growing my coaching skills by working with seven top New Zealand coaches over the next three years. The content of the course and the quality people involved in the process will ensure it's an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding journey.”

Dan Kelly is currently the Assistant Coach of the Waikato Regional Performance Centre for Rowing New Zealand. He has coached crews to numerous podium performances and World Championship titles at Under-23 and Junior level, and has been the Head Coach of Maadi Cup winning crews for Timaru Girls’ High School, Timaru Boys’ High School and Roncalli College, as well as the National Rowing Championship title winning Timaru Rowing Club.

This is the eighth intake of coaches into the programme with prominent coaches who have graduated from Coach Accelerator including; All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, newly appointed Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby and Black Caps coach Mike Hesson.

Rowing New Zealand graduates of the programme include high performance coaches Dave Thompson, Gary Hay, Mark Stallard and Ian Wright with Mike Rodger and Gary Roberts currently completing the programme.

High Performance Sport NZ Chief Executive Alex Baumann said “It’s a really tough process selecting each intake of coaches because the calibre of applicants is so high and we’re delighted with this latest batch.

“Coach Accelerator aims to increase New Zealand's pool of world-class coaches and we’re certainly doing this when you look at who has been through the programme.”

During the three year programme the coaches receive individualised professional development programmes which include access to coaching mentors, high performance athletes and support personnel, as well as experts from various high performance environments. One of its unique features is that it brings together coaches from different sporting codes.