Symmons takes Glenanne ladies coaching job

Nikki Symmons has been appointed as the Glenanne ladies first team coach for the coming season, taking over the reins from Dean Maguire. Ireland’s most capped international, she brings with her a wealth of playing experience as well as a wealth of national and European club titles during her time with Loreto.

She brings adult coaching experience to the table, helping Three Rock Ladies II to league promotion up to division four and a Division 5/6 Cup title last season in her maiden season.

Symmons confirmed she will be focussing solely on coaching at club level for the foreseeable future whilst still training and playing with the Irish international team as she seeks to manage her body to the best effect.

Speaking about the Glenanne appointment, Symmons says: “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the Glenanne coach this coming season and excited to take on the challenge.

“I am extremely lucky to come into a club with a strong existing management team and am really looking forward to working with them. I am also lucky to be coming in to coach such a hard-working, fighting team who are open to new ideas and want to learn.

“It was a difficult decision for me to move away from my club Loreto but I have always aspired to coach a division one team and this seemed like the perfect opportunity for me and just could not turn it down. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Loreto who have made my years there very special.”

Symmons will be assisted by former Leinster Senior coach and Glenanne club legend Noel Keogh. Barbara O’Malley manages the team for a tenth season.

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1