Southern Force coach Brian Lines has achieved the highest level of coaching qualification in Australia, receiving his High Performance Coaching Accreditation (HCPA).
The HPCA is the pinnacle of Netball Australia’s coaching accreditation pathway and prepares coaches to operate to a high standard in an elite environment, whether coaching in the Suncorp Super Netball or Deakin University Australian Netball League (ANL).
Over two years Brian completed the HPCA course, which includes practical and theory assignments, as well as match day assessments. Throughout the course participants are mentored by experienced High Performances coaches, with Brian’s mentors Jane Searle and Michelle den Dekker.
“The exposure you have to high performance coaches is one of the greatest aspects of the course. You can learn so much from one another and I also want to thank Judy Greenwood for her support and guidance this year whilst undertaking the HPCA,” he said.
Brian’s match day assessments took place during the Southern Force’s two games against the NSW Waratahs in Sydney.
“After game 1 I received honest feedback from the assessment panel, which was good as it gave me the opportunity to really reflect and make some definitive changes,” he said.
“Game 2 was awesome to be a part of. The players fought back from being four goals down at three-quarter time to win the game. I was so happy for the team result and for then to be awarded the HPCA, it topped off a great day.”
Brian, who has coached Southern Force for the 2018 and 2017 ANL seasons, said his greatest learning from the HPCA course is around communication.
“I like to think that I’m a pretty good communicator, but the most significant learning for me is around how you frame your expectations from high performance athletes,” he said.
“It’s less about being diplomatic with the athletes and more around what you see them needing to do, how they will do it and why they need to do it.
“The more clarity around expectations and your guidance, the greater their response and achievements will be.”
Brian said the reason he has gone through the HPCA process is to be a better coach for his athletes.
“The accreditation hasn’t just been two years in the making it’s been 10 years – since I got my first Development Accreditation in 2008.
“What it means for me is that I’m more armed now than I’ve ever been to help our athletes and that’s the most important thing, that’s why we coach – we coach for them.”
“Thanks to Netball SA and Netball Australia for supporting my development over the years and I look forward to continuing my development and in turn helping SA athletes reach their individual goals.”
With the Deakin University Australian Netball League completed for 2018, Brian is an assistant coach with Oakdale’s Premier League side and you’ll also find him assisting Oakdale’s Junior 1 team. He is also studying a Masters in Sports Coaching at the University of Queensland.