McKinnon Prize 2018 Selection Panel

Lisa Alexander AM

A qualified secondary physical education and mathematics teacher, Lisa Alexander’s CV is varied and eclectic with stints as lecturer of undergraduate physical education students, an author of student textbooks and small business owner, ultimately taking the helm as the Samsung Diamonds head coach.

Lisa has always sought to educate her community along the journey, and feels passionately about this responsibility. She has coached the entire spectrum of netball as a sport from Under 10’s right through to school teams and regional teams to state teams and the Australian 21/U Team and finally the Diamonds.

Lisa is an exceptional leader who is able to create a winning and success-driven environment through knowing the athletes in her care exceptionally well. She is driven by the philosophy that there is always room for improvement and that “we before me” is a timeless principle of all team sports.

Lisa Alexander took over the Australian Diamonds coaching role from Norma Plummer following Australia’s triumphant 2011 World Netball Championship campaign. The former Wesley College teacher has experienced success at the elite level as both coach and player.

As head coach of the Melbourne Phoenix she led the team to back-to-back premierships (2002, 2003), has coached the Australian 21/U team (2006-2007) and was part of the Adelaide Thunderbirds’ Trans-Tasman Netball League winning team as assistant coach (2010).

A Victorian state player and Australian squad member, Alexander is nonetheless notable for being the first Diamonds coach in over 20 years who has not previously played for Australia.

Alexander’s first taste of international coaching came in 1994 when she served as the Australian Netball Team’s apprentice coach to Joyce Brown. As Australia’s 14th national coach, she has led the Diamonds to four Constellation Cup series victories over the New Zealand Silver Ferns, including in her debut series as coach in 2011, and guided the Diamonds to the Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2014 – ending a 12-year gold medal drought.

Alexander, who guided the Diamonds to a historic Netball World Cup title on home soil in August 2015, became just the fifth Australian coach to record 50 international Tests when Australia claimed the 2015 Constellation Cup in Perth. She is the third most experienced Australian coach of all time, behind Jill McIntosh and Norma Plummer.