Thomas, Cunningham, Moloney headline latest University of Tasmania Lions coaching appointments
Brad Thomas, a three-time Emerson Rodwell medallist (93/94, 95/96, 98/99), former premiership coach and captain, has returned to the club coaching team as Youth Development Coach. Across his First Grade career, Brad amassed 6663 runs and 370 wickets for the club to be our leading run-scorer and 4th highest wicket taker of all time in First Grade. Brad will work with our youth Premier League players one night a week and provide 1-on-1 and small group coaching.
“Brad is one of the greatest players of all time at our club, and his technical knowledge of both batting and bowling is exceptional. To have someone of Brad’s quality involved in developing the future talent of our club will greatly complement the work of our current coaching team” said club President Charles Rose
Thomas will work closely with Noah van de Werken and Sean Stevenson, who have both stepped up an age group as Under 17 and Under 15 coaches respectively.
“As a pathway club, we want to be developing players to follow in the footsteps of Tim Paine and play for Tasmania and Australia”,
“Similarly, we want to be developing coaches and administrators, and the development of both Sean and Noah over the past 12 months has been brilliant”.
Graeme Cunningham, an Emerson Rodwell medallist in 2003/04, past club coach and captain, will have a revitalised role as a batting skills coach for our senior Premier League players, working with a group of batters one night a week in a 1-on-1 capacity. Cunningham scored 5,863 runs across his First Grade career and is our leading run-scorer in Kookaburra Cup One Day and T20 formats, and 2nd highest run-scorer of all time in First Grade cricket.
We are also pleased to announce Shaun Clifford as Under 17 Girls Coach, and Tasmanian Tiger Sasha Moloney as Under 14 Girls coach. Sasha will also broaden her involvement as Game Development Officer by leading our Woolworths Junior Blasters sessions, as well as connecting with our local schools. Clifford takes over from Maddie Blazely, who has played a pivotal role in building our female cricket program in recent years, and this year is focussing on her dual role as a senior player and committee member.
“Our female program is a club priority, and our entry level programs and junior girls teams are vital in ensuring the sustainability of female cricket at our club. We are very pleased that both Shaun and Sasha have committed to lead our club in this space this season.”
“Shaun has been an outstanding volunteer at our club over many years, and it has been great to see Shaun’s role evolve over the years - from BBQ chef, to net captain, to scorer - and to have him now as part of the coaching team will be fantastic for our female cricket program.”
Club Coach Ben Harrison was very excited at the prospect of working with our coaching team for the upcoming season.
"It's extremely pleasing to have been able to create the framework for a Premier cricket club program where the most experienced and highly skilled group of coaches in the competition can work together to provide player development in both male and female cricket to ensure that University of Tasmania Cricket players and families are excited to be in a seriously high standard learning environment, but at the same time foster a love for the game of cricket and this great club." Harrison said.
"To be able to invite coaches of the calibre of those now undertaking key roles to the club in 2018/19 on the basis that we can enable them to coach in the areas that excite them in the game that they value so much, has made assembling this coaching team seriously exciting. The support from the board of management to share the vision for a new model of coaching structure should be acknowledged. It makes for a simple message to players of all ages and levels - if you are seeking opportunities to develop your game then University of Tasmania Cricket could well be a destination club for you."
Our senior squad has been training since mid-July, with some of our Youth sides kicking off this weekend. We look forward to moving outdoors at University Oval in the coming weeks, and club training will be in full-swing at the start of October.
Our remaining junior sides coaching setup will be finalised closer to the start of the season once we gain a better understanding regarding player and team numbers for this season.
Stay tuned for further updates from your coaching team!
University of Tasmania Cricket Club Coaching Structure
Director of Coaching – Tim Paine
Club Coach – Ben Harrison
Senior Development Coach – Damien Wright
Head Coach Female Cricket – Katelyn Fryett
High Performance Coach – Men – Ben Hilfenhaus
Youth Development Coach – Brad Thomas
Under 17 Boys Coach – Noah van de Werken
Under 17 Girls Coach – Shaun Clifford
Under 15 Boys Coach – Sean Stevenson
Under 15 Boys Assistant Coach – Mauro Saracino
Skills Coach – Graeme Cunningham
Skills Coach – Enrico di Venuto
Under 14 Girls Coach – Sasha Moloney
Under 13 Boys Coach – TBC
Hurricanes Junior League Training Coaches – TBC
Hurricanes Junior League Team Managers – TBC
Game Development Officer – Sasha Moloney
Master Blasters – Parents TBC
Junior Blasters – Sasha Moloney