Cricket Wellington Appoints Age Group Coaches

Cricket Wellington are pleased to announce the age-group coaching appointments for the 2018-19 season. After advertising the positions in June, Pathway Manager Chris Nevin, Blaze Coach and Coach Educator Christie Van Dyk, and Firebirds Assistant Coach Glenn Pocknall conducted interviews for the roles in early July.

Both Nevin and Van Dyk were pleased with the interest in the roles and with the fact coaches will now lead the training programmes and take the teams during their tournaments.

Nevin noted the value in having these coaching appointments made well in advance of the season,

“We see real benefits for our pathway players to have continuity of coaches throughout their training programmes and into the game and tournament phase of the season, so to be able to contract coaches for this will be a real boost for our programmes. In some cases, we’ve previously had coaches who turn up to take teams for tournaments and don’t know the players in the team they will be coaching so this will remove that issue.”

A strong coaching team has been put in place around the female representative teams and a highlight is seeing a number of current Blaze players driving this through coaching and implementing the Blaze philosophies through the age-groups.

Blaze coach, Van Dyk, pointed out the benefits of the consistency of this pathway approach,

“It’s important for us to have consistent coach philosophies and work together to achieve the same results. We’re excited about the quality of coaches appointed and look forward to supporting and encouraging them to deliver the programmes to the expected levels”

Coaching Appointments

Under 21 Women
Head Coach                        Lucy Doolan

Under 18 Girls
Head Coach                        Rebecca Burns
Assistant Coach                  Lucy Doolan

Under 15 Girls
Head Coach                        Justine Dunce

Under 13 Girls (2 teams)
Head Coach                        Deanna Doughty
Head Coach                        Thamsyn Newton

Under 19 Men
Head Coach                        Sri Krishnamurthy
Assistant Coach                  Neeraj Chawla

Under 17 Boys
Head Coach                        Andrew Lamb
Assistant Coach                  Duard Ferreira

Year 10 Boys
Head Coach                        Hashan Goonetilleke

Year 9 Boys
Head Coach                        Paul Brennan


Article courtesy of Cricket Wellington