Jo Vann – Netball Head Coach
Title: Head Coach, Netball.
Date and place of birth: 1984, Okehampton, Devon
One of the most decorated players in Team Bath Netball’s history, four-time Superleague winner Jo Vann returned to the Blue & Gold in 2019 as Netball Head Coach.
The former England player’s remit includes everything from the Futures Performance Pathway, which identifies and develops stars of the future, through to the University of Bath student set-up and the elite high-performance athletes competing on the national Superleague stage.
Vann first played for Team Bath while studying Sport & Exercise Science at the University of Bath. She helped to secure the club’s first silverware in 2004, the Super Cup, and was part of the victorious Blue & Gold team in the inaugural Superleague campaign the following year.
Three more titles followed – plus a British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) title with the University in 2005, a silver medal with England at the World U21 Championships and a host of senior Roses caps – before Vann retired from netball in 2011 to join the British Army, although she did come out of retirement in 2016 for one last playing season with Team Bath.
After completing her course at Sandhurst, she was commissioned into the Army Air Corps and served as a ground support flight commander with 654 Squadron during a tour of Afghanistan.
It was upon her return to the UK and a role as Platoon Commander at Pirbright, Surrey, that Vann drew on her training and experience as a netball player and coach – she had been South West Netball Development Coach from 2007 to 2010 – to complement her Army work.
She works at Team Bath with the full support of the Army and is the first coach to receive a Professional Sportsperson Contract, allowing her to remain in the Forces while at Team Bath. She is responsible for officer recruitment in the Army Air Corps and her current rank is Captain.