Netball South Africa (NSA) confirmed on Wednesday that Elize Kotze had tendered a resignation as the head coach of the SPAR National team due to personal reasons beyond her control.
According to NSA President Mimi Mthethwa, the resignation comes at a time when the Administration was gearing up to prepare the team’s for the World Championships in Sydney this August.
Sources inside the NSA say that Kotze’s son has been critically ill, spending several weeks in intensive care.
The 2011 appointed head coach guided the Proteas to a fifth place finish in the World Championships in Singapore that year, beating Malawi in the 5th spot play-off. However, at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year the team lost to Malawi in the fifth-place play-off, and dropped to sixth place in the world rankings.
Mthethwa said Kotze’s resignation was unexpected, but there was still enough time for a new coaching team to prepare the Proteas for the World Championships.