Her coaching career started while she was still playing when she assumed a player/coach role with PIC before becoming head coach of Wellington, followed by the assistant coach position of the Capital Shakers in the National Bank Cup.
Heading into the semi-professional era, Parata was Pulse assistant in 2010 and 2011 and Northern Mystics assistant in 2012 during the former trans-Tasman league, heading offshore the following year where she became a game-changer during her six-year stint with Scotland’s national team. She also helped launch the Strathclyde Sirens and their participation in the UK Superleague, coaching them in 2017 and 2019.
Parata is enjoying being back in the New Zealand set-up, getting an early taster when she was Dame Noeline Taurua’s assistant coach with the Silver Ferns for the Netball Nations Cup tour to England in January. She also worked in an advisory capacity with the Mystics during this year’s ANZ Premiership.