Coaches

Director of Netball

Heather Gaunt

 

Heather joined the University as Head Coach of Netball in 2012, before being appointed Director in 2016.

Heather started her playing career for Ryland Netball Club, who currently play in the English Premier League 2, under the guidance of Head Coach Sheila Perks MBE. She went on to compete for Bournville Netball Club, Worcestershire and Birmingham County Netball Associations and Northumbria University.

Heather started coaching whilst at university and gained her first coaching qualification back in 1999. She gained experience coaching the junior section at Bournville Netball Club, Birmingham Academy and satellite centres before returning back to University Netball at St Andrews.

Professionally, Heather has worked in Sport Development for over 17 years in a number of guises and for a number of organisations including England Netball, UK Coaching, The Football Association and more recently at the Professional Golfers Association.

Heather has previously tutored and assessed for England Netball and Netball Scotland. She has held management positions with the Regional Management Board for Netball in the West Midlands and the Coach Education Advisory Group for Netball Scotland. Heather is currently the Scottish Representative on the BUCS Sport Advisory Group for Netball. In 2018 she was short-listed as the Netball Scotland Coach of the Year and in 2019 Heather was awarded Coach of the Year at the prestigious Saints Sport Awards.

Assistant Coach & Performance Analyst

Lois Mackay

 

Lois is a UKCC Level 2 coach. She supports Heather in the coaching of the Performance Squad and is the lead coach for the 3rd team to the 6th team. Lois also leads Monday Morning Fitness. She works with all squads as a Performance Analyst providing insight and feedback to help their development and future performance as individuals, units and squads. Lois is a huge asset to the club through her hard work, creativity and ability to forge relationships with players and the wider team at Saints Sport.  Lois has most recently been working with Saracens Mavericks providing Performance Analysis support during their Vitality Netball Super League campaign.

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Cameron Ross

 

Cameron is a UKSCA accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach who is also studying for an MSc in Strength & Conditioning at St Mary’s University, London. Cameron already holds a BEd in Physical Education from the University of Edinburgh. As well as his work at the University, Camy will continue to provide strength and conditioning expertise to Raith Rovers Football Club and continue to be an integral part of the players physical preparation, including working diligently on their return to perform programme. Cameron provides specialist support on end-stage rehabilitation, supporting players as they return to match readiness. 

Having worked with the performance squad over the last 12 months, Camy is a great addition to the team, keeping the girls engaged, challenged and enjoying their strength and conditioning programme wherever they are in the world! 

Fitness Coach

Ross Whittaker

Ross is the Personal Trainer at Saints Sports and we are lucky to secure his services as the Netball Clubs Fitness Coach. His motto of ‘challenge your impossible’ creates the foundation of his work with our players. Ross has over ten years’experience in the fitness industry between his military and civilian career. He prides himself on delivering safe and effective training and works with our players to make sure they are in peak condition throughout the season.