BSpEx (Education), Grad.Dip Tchng (Secondary), PGrad.Dip.SprtMngt (Coaching) MSpEx (Coaching), PhD
Dr. Lana McCarthy has 13 years of experience teaching within the Health and Physical Education sector, including as a registered Physical Education and Health teacher in New Zealand. She has also been a Regional Sports Advisor for Sport Manawatu in which her key role was to maximise the participation and involvement of all school students in the Manawatu region by working with schools and school personnel to enhance the quality of the sporting experience. She has been an Assistant Lecturer in Physical Education at Massey University in New Zealand, and is currently a Lecturer in PDHPE.
Dr. McCarthy is also extremely passionate about coaching, and was a regionally and nationally appointed netball coach in NZ to a range of high performance netball teams spanning secondary school, U17, U19 and U23 level. She is currently involved in coaching multiple high performance teams spanning across club, representative and regional level here in the Central West region.
Dr McCarthy graduated with a Doctorate of Philosophy in May, 2019, where the purpose of her research was to investigate team culture, leadership, and coaching styles, and the ways in which captains and coaches have constructed the culture within the Silver Ferns Netball team, the first study of its kind in New Zealand Dr McCarthy’s research findings have also been published in a book titled: The Will to Win: New Zealand netball greats on team culture and leadership.
2020-current: Lecturer in PDHPE
2013-2019 - Senior Tutor/Assistant Lecturer in Physical Education, Massey University, New Zealand. Taught into the following degrees:
2009-2012 – Health & Physical Education Teacher, Freyberg High School, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Have plans to focus specifically on secondary school/representative age-group netball teams and how applicable the establishment and maintenance of a strong team culture and effective leadership could contribute towards a competitive advantage at a community-based level of netball.
Further research interests are in regards to Australian netball. With reference particularly to their high performance teams, research could be undertaken to test the perceptions of the past coaches and captains of the Australian Diamonds national netball team, and compare these findings to the responses provided by the past coaches and captains of the Silver Ferns national netball team. This research could analyse the differences (if any) in how both national teams view the importance and development of team culture, leadership, and their views on the emphasis on winning.
McCarthy, L., Martin, A. J., & Watson, G., (2020). “Will to Win: New Zealand netball greats on team culture and leadership”. Massey University Publishers, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
McCarthy, L., Martin, A. J., & Watson, G., Creating collective cultural constructs: The case of the Silver Ferns. Sporting Traditions, Vol 37, no.2, (November, 2020).
Martin, A. J. & McCarthy, L. (2016). Developing sport team culture and collective leadership. In A. Kunick, Just play it, Innovative, international approaches to games. Proceedings of the 6th TGfU conference. 25-27 July, German Sport University, Cologne (pp. 261). Hamburg: Feldhaus. ISBN 988-3-88020-640-3
McCarthy, L., & Martin, A. J. (2015). Developing collective leadership and a ‘sense’ of team in high school sport teams. In J. Bruce & C. North (Eds.) 2015 Game Sense for Teachers and Coaches Conference: Proceedings (pp. 86-98), Christchurch, November 19-20, 2015. ISBN 978-0-47335320-9
McCarthy, L (2018). Developing Team Culture & Leadership. A ‘Sense’ of Team in High School Netball. Invited presentation to the Netball Central Zone Annual Coach Conference, 24 November, Netball Central, Palmerston North.
Martin, A. J., & McCarthy, L. (2015). Developing team culture and leadership. Invited presentation to the Sports Health Forum, 17 June, Netball Manawatu, Palmerston North.
McCarthy, L., Martin, A. J., Watson, G., & Thompson, A. (2017). Leadership and team culture: The case of the Silver Ferns. SMAANZ Postgraduate Conference, 7 July, Melbourne, Australia.
McCarthy, L., Martin, A. J., Watson, G., & Thompson, A. (2016). Team culture and leadership: Applying theory to practice in netball. NZ Sport Performance Conference. 5-7 November, Palmerston North.
Martin, A. J. & McCarthy, L. (2016). Developing sport team culture and collective leadership. 6th TGfU conference. 25-27 July, German Sport University, Cologne.
McCarthy, L., & Martin, A. J. (2015). Developing a ‘sense’ of team (Part II): Applying theory to practice in high school sport teams. Game Sense for Teaching and Coaching conference. 17-18 November. University of Canterbury.
Martin, A. J. & McCarthy, L. (2015). Developing a ‘sense’ of team (Part 1): Lessons from high performing teams. Game Sense for Teaching and Coaching conference. 17-18 November. University of Canterbury.
McCarthy, L., & Martin, A. J. (2014). The team culture and leadership of Northern Mystics netball. Auckland: Netball Northern.