|Full name||Norma Margaret Plummer|
24 November 1944 |
Carlton, Melbourne, Australia
|1972–81||Australian national team|
|Australian national team
Australian Institute of Sport
|Last updated: 2009-03-28|
Norma Margaret Plummer is an Australian netball coach and former player. She was coach of the Australian national netball team from 2003 to 2011, ending her coaching career with the Diamonds on 67 victories from 89 Tests – a success rate of 75 per cent. She was replaced as coach of Australia by Lisa Alexander.
She had a long and successful career as an Australian representative netballer, including a four-Test stint as national captain in 1978. After some time as playing coach of her state league team, Plummer embarked on a successful coaching career, coaching the Victorian state team to several victories at the national netball championships and coaching the Melbourne Pumas in the Esso Superleague (later Mobil League).
After the Mobil League was disbanded in favour of the new Commonwealth Bank Trophy, Plummer became the founding coach of the new Melbourne Phoenix team, which took many of the players from the former Pumas, and successfully coached them to the inaugural premiership. She was also appointed coach of the Australian youth team, and took them to several successes. She subsequently resigned as coach of the Phoenix at the beginning of the 1999 season in order to take up a position as head netball coach at the Australian Institute of Sport. While in this role, she was integral in the campaign to add the AIS Canberra Darters to the national competition.
After several years as coach of the national youth team, and having been rumoured for the head national coach position since the late 1980s, Plummer was the obvious favourite when Jill McIntosh resigned in July 2003, and subsequently took the reins of the national team in late August. In her nearly three years as coach for the Australian team, she has retained her prior reputation as a hard coach willing to axe even star players if not performing, and remains widely respected, even with a downturn in the team's fortunes during 2005.
In June 2006 after the silver medal in March at the Commonwealth Games Norma Plummer led her young team to victory in all Test Match Series in 2006 & 2007 and in November 2007 won the World Championships in Auckland NZ - Plummer is currently building and developing her current young squad to challenge for gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and at the 2011 Netball World Championships in Singapore.
Norma has announced that she will be coaching the West Coast Fever for season 2012.
In June 2015 Plummer became the head coach of the South Africa national netball team.