Nets pioneer and Surrey Storm Team Manager passes away

England Netball was deeply saddened to learn that Tom Reseigh passed away on Saturday 29th October, following a seven year battle with Cancer.

As the news reached the England Fives team in Melbourne, they wanted to pay their own respects on Finals Day of the Fast5 World Series and took to the court wearing black armbands.

Best known for his role as Surrey Storm Team Manager- Tom was appointed in December 2014 having been NPL Manager, and helped guide them to the 2015 and 2016 Superleague titles.

Surrey Storm described Tom as – “one of the nicest people in Netball. Committed, passionate and ever-present, he brought humour and dedication to the court wherever the sport took him.”

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This is a popular view among those throughout the netball and sporting community. Tom was truly revered in our sport and his approachable, friendly manner was admired and appreciated by those who met him.

Tom, alongside his wife, Sarah (‘Taffy’) were the driving force behind Indoor Netball (now known as Nets). Starting as the Indoor Netball Strength & Conditioning Coach in 2010, Tom went on to Manage the 2012 Men’s squad before becoming Head Coach for the Women’s team in 2013.

His tactical eye and coaching expertise led the Women’s team to a silver medal in the 2014 World Cup, followed by a historic Gold Medal for the U18 Ladies at the 2015 Aged World Cup in Australia.

In April earlier this year, Tom and Sarah welcomed their daughter, Poppy, into the world. As new parents, they did not travel to the World Championships in New Zealand, but they once again went above and beyond to manage the selection and coaching of the squads.

Staying in contact throughout, Tom would video call the travelling coaches to go through post-match analysis- despite the time difference. There is no doubt that Tom’s expertise and dedication guided the Women’s team to a gold medal winning performance.

Tom’s commitment to coaching has not only lead to England’s inaugural Gold medals in Nets; his vision for Nets, alongside Taffy’s, has seen the profile of the game rise exponentially over the last four years.

Tom will be a huge loss to Nets and the Superleague. Our thoughts are with Taffy, Tom’s family, and his friends at this time.

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