The NSW Swifts have announced that head coach Rob Wright will depart the position at the end of August. Wright who joined the Swifts as an assistant coach in 2010 has stepped down due to personal reasons, as he looks to pursue a different career path.
"First and foremost I would like to thank everyone at the NSW Swifts and the Board of Netball NSW for giving me the opportunity to coach such a fantastic club and be part of a wonderful journey these past eight years," Wright said.
"This has not been an easy decision to make but I feel now is the right time for me to take some time out and I will continue to focus on individual athlete coaching and development."
Wright became the first male to coach in the Trans-Tasman League, taking the Swifts to the finals in 2014 before back-to-back grand finals in 2015 and 2016. He said he was confident in the future of the club he leaves behind.
"The Club's 2020 vision remains very much intact and having seen such wonderful potential on display this season I feel confident I am leaving the Club in a very strong and settled position.
"This is very much a personal decision. I have loved every minute of my time with these players, and the Swifts athletes I have had the pleasure of coaching down the years, but for now I am just looking forward to taking a month off and doing a little bit of travel in the United States before returning as the assistant coach of the Australian Fast5 team who will contest the World Series in October."
Netball NSW has commenced a process to appoint a new head coach for the NSW Swifts.