Garry Pashen - Sapphire Head Coach
Garry Pashen has had over 25 years’ experience in Netball as an umpire, administrator, player and coach. An early interest in the rules of the sport led him into umpiring and coaching, as well as playing men’s and mixed netball, eventually representing and captaining Queensland and Australia in Men’s Netball for nearly 20 years.
Garry has held positions as Director of the Academy of Sport Netball program at Sandgate District SHS, Head Coach of the inaugural Sun Coast Lynx Netball team, Assistant and Head Coach of the QLD U17 & U19 teams and has spent the last 4 years as a selector for those teams, as well as 2 years as Assistant Coach for the QLD Fusion within the Australian Netball League.
Away from Netball he enjoys hiking – with recent treks taking him to Milford Sound, and Everest Base Camp, as well as watching sports and movies, coffee infused Sunday brunches, and travelling with his wife and two daughters.
His latest appointment as USC Thunder Head Coach sees an ongoing Netball career come full circle, to once again be representing the Sunshine Coast region as the inaugural head coach within the Sapphire Series.
Roxanne Osbourne - Sapphire Assistant Coach
Roxanne Osborne moved to Queensland in her 20’s and has been playing and coaching at many levels since her move. She has had time as a Coaching Convenor at grass roots level, mentoring young coaches throughout the years as well as coaching Underage Representative and QPL teams. She currently holds the position of Head Netball Coach at Immanuel Lutheran College. Roxanne has played and coached netball all her life and has been involved in both Netball and Indoor Netball, for which she has represented Queensland and Australia.
Roxanne also enjoys upcycling furniture, there is just something about being able to breathe new life into old furniture. When she is not holding a paintbrush or sander, you can find her out and about exploring all that the Sunshine Coast has to offer, from the beach to the mountains.
Roxanne takes up the position of USC Thunder Assistant Coach for 2020 and she is looking forward to working closely with Garry Pashen and the team to proudly represent the Sunshine Coast Region.
Bernie Toohey - Sapphire Team Manager
Sarah Kerr - Ruby Head Coach
Sarah has been involved in Netball as either a player, official or a coach for nearly 30 years.
Originally from Toowoomba, Sarah grew up playing at Toowoomba Netball Association, moving
onto playing in the Dairy Farmers Cup for the Darling Downs Panthers. After returning to Australia
from living and working overseas for three years, Sarah moved to Brisbane, and in addition to
playing, started her coaching career. Stints with Metropolitan North School Sport, Downey Park
Netball Association and shortly after, Brisbane North Cougars lead her to becoming the Netball
Excellence Coordinator at Wavell State High School for seven years before moving to the Coast in
2018. Since arriving, Sarah has been involved with Sunshine Coast Netball Association, Sunshine
Coast Secondary Schools Netball Association and came on board with USC Thunder for 18’s State
Titles in 2019 where they finished 2nd in the State. Sarah is Looking forward to season 2020, eager
to be a part of the amazing Thunder culture and work with the talented players in our region. Sarah
is also a high school teacher at Maroochydore State High teaching Physical Education.
Away from the netball court, she enjoys travelling, being active outdoors and spending time with family and friends. “Coaching in the Hart Sapphire Series has always been a goal of mine and being appointed
as Head Coach of the Ruby Series team is an absolute honour.”
Lyn Pugh - Ruby Assistant Coach
Lyn Pugh has been involved with netball for 43 years, starting as a player at grassroots level through to Queensland representation and Australian underage identification, then more recently as an administrator and coach. She has been a selected member of numerous underage and open Queensland teams where she developed her competitive and tactical mind set. Her focus now lies with coaching
and her continued development in this area. Lyns most recent coaching roles include, Suncoast Lynx 19’s, USC Thunder 18s and Ruby teams, and head coach Sunshine Coast Grammar School. She has been committed to growing and developing netball through schools based netball and Netball Queensland
pathways in administration roles including coordinating the Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools Netball Competition Inc and being the appointed the NQ ETP coordinator in the Sunshine Coast region for the past 5 years.
Lyn spends her precious spare time with her Husband Greg and 2 adult Daughters,
she also enjoys playing tennis when time permits and taking overseas holidays.
Karen Martyn - Ruby Team Manager
Karen Martyn joins the team this year as our Thunder Ruby Manager. She has had over 12 years’ experience in Netball as both a Coach and a Manager at both club level, school level and at representative level for the Sunshine Coast Netball Association. Karen has coached with the Motivationz Sunshine Coast Netball Program for many years including two netball tours to Fiji and one to New Zealand
where she had the opportunity to work with very high level athletes and coaches.
Karen was the U18 Thunder Manager for the 2019 U18 Nissan State Titles and will also be taking on this role again for 2020. She has an amazing network of wonderful athletes, coaches, managers and parents throughout the Sunshine Coast Netball Community.
In addition to her netball roles Karen manages Troy Martyn Building, their family construction business and she absolutely loves nothing more than spending quality time with her husband and three daughters who of course are passionate netballers. She enjoys late Sunday breakfasts and our amazing Sunshine Coast lifestyle.
This year will see Karen gain even more experience in the world of semi- professional netball and elite netball procedures with the Hart Sapphire Series and offer ongoing support to the entire USC Thunder Ruby Team.
Max McKenzie - Physical Performance Coach
Max McKenzie is in his second year as Physical Performance Coach with USC Thunder, and his four season as Assistant Physical Performance Coach with the Sunshine Coast Lightning. Growing up on
the Sunshine Coast with an interest in sports coaching and physical training Max completed a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science at USC before interning with the USC Spartans High Performance Swimming Program during the completion his Masters degree in High Performance Sport. He currently works across three sports at USC including netball, swimming, and Australian Rules Football with Sunshine Coast based athletes selected in the Brisbane Lions Academy squad. External to USC, Max works as a contractor Physical Performance Coach with the Australian Paralympic Dolphins Swimming Team on domestic training camps and as Lead Physical Performance Coach for the Sunshine Coast Falcons Rugby League Club. Alongside coaching, Max is a PhD candidate at USC and a Queensland Academy of Sport and Swimming Australia research scholarship recipient investigating the effects of pre-competition temperature maintenance strategies in high performance swimming.
Samuel Muller - Physiotherapist
Samuel has been a Registered Physiotherapist since 2014. During his time as a Physiotherapist, Samuel has completed the Level 1 and Level 2, APA Sports Physiotherapy courses, in addition to the Level 1 APA Spinal course. In 2019, Samuel began his Post Graduate study, beginning his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy through LaTrobe University.
Samuel has been actively involved in sport through playing Rugby Union at club and representative levels. Samuel represented NSW Schoolboys for Rugby Union. He also played Grade Rugby at Randwick Rugby Club, in Sydney, and recently, the University of the Sunshine Coast Barbarians. This Involvement has led to a keen interest in Sports Physiotherapy. Samuel has been the Physiotherapist to many local and state level sporting teams across rugby, touch football and Football (Soccer). Through his study and Sports Physiotherapy experience, Samuel has a keen interest in the assessment and management of all Sporting and Musculoskeletal injuries including those to the groin, knee, ankle and neck.
Outside of the clinic, Samuel enjoys keeping active through Crossfit, Rugby Union and Touch Football.