Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Lana McCarthy

Dr Lana McCarthy

BSpEx (Education), Grad.Dip Tchng (Secondary), PGrad.Dip.SprtMngt (Coaching) MSpEx (Coaching), PhD

Dr. Lana McCarthy has 10 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.

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 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 are going to be made into a book, The Silver Ferns:Leadership & Legacy, due to be released early 2020 via Massey University Publishers.

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2013-2019 - Senior Tutor/Assistant Lecturer in Physical Education, Massey University, New Zealand. Taught into the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Sport Exercise (Physical Education)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary & Secondary)

2009-2012 – Health & Physical Education Teacher, Freyberg High School, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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Research interests

  • High performance female sport, team culture, sport leadership and coaching approaches
  • The development of leadership and team culture in elite netball.
  • Developing a flexible and holistic approach to sport coaching.

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.

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Book

McCarthy, L., Martin, A. J., & Watson, G. (2019). The Silver Ferns leadership and legacy. Auckland: Massey University Press (currently with editors, to be released May, 2020).

Conference Proceedings

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

Invited Conference Presentation

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.

Conference Presentations

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.

Professional Consultancy Reports for External Body: Commissioned research

McCarthy, L., & Martin, A. J. (2014). The team culture and leadership of Northern Mystics netball. Auckland: Netball Northern.

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