Welcome to southcoastblaze

Heather Smith

U23s Head Coach

Heather brings a wealth of unique and invaluable skills to the Blaze. Along with extensive coaching experience, Heather has a deep wealth of knowledge of Premier League Netball and Netball pathways. 

Heather is the Western Sydney Academy of Sport Head Coach, an Accredited Elite Emerging Coach, was recently the High Performance Manager with GWS Fury, and in 2022 takes on the role of Assistant Coach for the Netball NSW Metropolitan Emerging Talent program.


  • 2023 – 2024 IMB South Coast Blaze Premier League, U23s Head Coach
  • 2022 IMB South Coast Blaze Premier League, Opens Assistant Coach
  • 2022, Western Sydney Academy Head Coach – Div 1 winner at the 2022 Academy Games
  • 2022 NSW Emerging Talent Metro Assistant Coach – 2022 winners of the NNSW Regional Emerging Talent campaign
  • 2022 NNSW Metropolitan Emerging Talent Assistant Coach
  • 2021 Sport for NSW FastTrack Female Coach
  • 2021–2008 Head Coach WSAS Regional Netball program, Specialist Coach
  • 2021-2015 GWS Fury High Performance Manager & Specialist Coach
  • 2021-2000 Blacktown City Representative Coach
  • 2019 Scholarship Coach Netball NSW/NSW Office of Sport
  • Life Member Quakers Hill Netball Club
  • Life Member & Joan Sookee recipient Blacktown City Netball Association
  • Life Member Western Sydney Academy of Sport

About Heather

Home Association: Blacktown City Netball Association
Junior Association: Blacktown City Netball Association
Years coaching: 36, almost consecutively

Fun Facts

Something on your bucket list

Something you enjoy doing when not coaching netball
Spending time at home with my family including our 3 gorgeous grandsons on our rural property

Something people might not know about you
I have a slight obsession with my farmyard chickens, they are very addictive!