Head Coach

Widely regarded as one of the best wing defenders to have ever played the game, Simone McKinnis OAM has an incredible game sense and knowledge of the sport.

Captaining the Melbourne Phoenix to a premiership in the inaugural year of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy in 1997, McKinnis retired from elite netball as one of the greats of the game in 1998.

An international career of 63 tests, McKinnis was a crucial part of Australia’s back-to-back World Cup victories in 1991 and 1995 and the inaugural netball gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1998.

Following her playing career, McKinnis turned her sights to coaching, working at the Melbourne Phoenix, Australian Institute of Sport and Singapore Sports School Netball Academy, before finding her way to the Vixens in 2012 as a Specialist Coach.

Since taking on the role as head coach in 2013, McKinnis guided the team to a Premiership in 2014, and has now assembled a strong cast of young Vixens players, who claimed the minor premiership in the inaugural season of the Suncorp Super Netball.

Playing History:

  • Melbourne Phoenix 1997 - 1998
  • Australian Diamonds 1991 – 1998

Coaching History:

  • Melbourne Phoenix Assistant Coach 2003
  • Singapore Sports School Netball Academy
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Melbourne Vixens Specialist Coach 2012
  • Melbourne Vixens Head Coach 2013 - present

Awards and Accolades:

  • 1991 Netball World Cup gold
  • 1992 Medal of Order of Australia
  • 1995 Netball World Cup gold
  • 1997 Melbourne Phoenix Captain
  • 1997 Melbourne Phoenix Premiership
  • 1998 Commonwealth Games gold
  • 2010 inducted into the Netball Australia Hall of Fame
  • 2014 Melbourne Vixens Premiership (coach)
  • 2017 Suncorp Super Netball Coach of the Year

Personal Info

DOB
4/10/1965
Playing Positions
WD, GD
Australian test caps
63