Tahnee Morris, the most capped Australian Jillaroos player and a five-time premiership winner as head coach of the Burleigh Bears, has been appointed as the new Queensland Maroons coach.
With 32 appearances for the Jillaroos to her name, the former lock forward brings pedigree as a player and a coach to the role.
Norris has always harboured a desire to coach at the highest level and is excited to start in the role.
“I can’t wait to take it up and get to work,” Norris said.
“Since retiring from footy, it has been a goal of mine to be coaching these girls at this level, and trying to give them the opportunity to succeed and be better athletes.”
As the talent continues to emerge in the upcoming BHP Premiership, Norris plans to keep tabs on the promising players.
“I’m looking forward to how strong the BHP Premiership is going to be this year,” Norris said.
“We just got glimpses of it with the Holcim Cup last year and unfortunately we didn’t have as many north Queensland girls participating as we will this year.
“There’s so much talent coming through the country regions and I can’t wait to see what comes out of it, especially in those first couple of games.”
Robert Moore, the Managing Director of the Queensland Rugby League, was quick to congratulate Norris on her appointment to the role.
“We had a host of quality applicants, but what really stood out was Tahnee’s excellent coaching record and her commitment to women’s rugby league over many years,” Moore said.
“Tahnee is really well-positioned to connect with the players and work closely with everyone involved in our competitions and pathway programs.”