NZBLAX Assistant Coach Appointment

The NZWLA are pleased to announce the appointment of three very talented and experienced Assistant Coaches to join our group of NZBLAX staff taking the Senior National team on their journey to the FIL Rathbones Womens World Cup 2017.

Congratulations to Hilary Eyres, Martin Gosnay and Rosie Gunn!

Rosie Gunn – 2017 World Cup Assistant Coach

Rosie represented New Zealand at the 2005 and 2009 World Cup and successful coached the senior national team (NZBLAX) at the 2014 ANZAC test match against Australia. Rosie has transitioned from player to high performance coach gaining both experience and success at the high school and regional level. 

Rosie has a high energy and enthusiastic approach to coaching. She relates well to the players across the squads. Rosie prides herself on building rapport quickly, taking a very person orientated approach to her coaching. 

Hilary Eyres – 2017 World Cup Assistant Coach

Over the past three years Hilary has worked with a High Performance Lacrosse Coach – for the 2013 World Cup, to support the establishment of the High Performance pathway, and to work with the 2017 World Cup training squad. Hilary provides a valuable balance and sounding board to the coaching team. Hilary believes in  the talent, the drive, and the tools we have in New Zealand achieve our goal of world elite status.

With more than a decade of coaching experience, across various skill levels and programmes, in New Zealand and the United States, Hilary has developed an appreciation for a variety of coaching styles. Hilary has been utilising the question-based coaching style we have adopted this year and sees it as powerful tool to engage the players, and maximise their learning. Hilary’s believes that the focusing on doing the small things well, we will see continued improvements from the squad, if we match this training style with question-based coaching. 

Martin Gosnay – 2017 World Cup Goalie Coach

Martin is an experienced lacrosse coach that is able to specialise in part of the game. Over the last 4 years he has focused on developing New Zealand’s High Performance Goalies from U15s through Seniors. However is very capable in coaching the offense, the defense or the midfield. 

Martin grew up fully immersed in lacrosse and believe lacrosse is in his DNA. Originally from Stockport in the UK, Martin was part of the Stockport Metros providing him with opportunities to travel to the USA from an early age. Martin recognises and appreciates the opportunities lacrosse has provided him as part of his education and in forming lifelong friendships along the way. New Zealand Women’s Lacrosse provides him with the opportunity to pay it forward and provide even better opportunities to the young women involved with the National Team.