Michelle Den Dekker has resigned as a specialist coach of the Diamonds. Photo: Australian Diamonds

Michelle Den Dekker has stepped away from her role as Australian Diamonds' defensive specialist coach, citing the uncertainties of Covid-19.

Michelle Den Dekker has stepped away from her role as Australian Diamonds’ defensive specialist coach, citing the uncertainties surrounding the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and further coaching opportunities within Australia.

She was previously named to the position for the Diamonds’ Constellation Cup series in March this year.

Den Dekker is one of Australia’s most decorated Diamonds as a player, having represented Australia on 84 occasions. She captained the team to two World Cup titles and a Commonwealth Games gold medal, holding an incredible 92 per cent win rate during her 71 tests as captain.

On her way out, Den Dekker backed coach Stacey Marinkovich to provide success in the upcoming international season, as the side looks towards the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“I have absolutely loved being involved in the Diamonds program – both as a player and most recently as a specialist coach,” Den Dekker said.

“I have seen first-hand the culture that Stacey is building and I know the future looks incredibly bright for the Origin Australian Diamonds.”

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Australian Diamonds coach Stacey Marinkovich duly praised Den Dekker for her time in the role.

“Michelle is an incredible coach and person and her passion and drive for the Diamonds success is contagious,” Marinkovich said.

“Michelle epitomises professionalism and we are grateful for what she brought to the program.”

Marinkovich will work to fill out her coaching staff before the international season gets underway.

The Diamonds recently confirmed locations for the Constellation Cup, set to begin in October.

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