We are pleased to announce Josh Bean as Coach of the University of Tasmania Men’s side competing at the UniSport Nationals Div 1 Twenty20 competition in Adelaide, between November 25 – 28.
Club President Charles Rose caught up with Josh to discuss his plans for the upcoming tournament.
CR: Josh, you’re back amongst the coaching circles, what do you think you can bring to the group?
JB: I like to view myself as more of a player manager than a coach. In such a short space of time, we need to bring this group of players together and gel on and off the field, to enable peak performance.
CR: Have you got many players to choose from?
JB: I’ve been amazed by the response so far from the UTAS students that I have spoken to, and I’m sure that has nothing to do with the fact it’s a week in beautiful conditions in Adelaide that backs on to the day-night Adelaide Test.
CR: Now, Tim Paine has named you in his top 5 tourists, can you elaborate?
JB: All I’m going to say - a player can be best on tour and not play a game.
CR: How are you going to select the team?
JB: It’s early days at the moment, but we’re looking to select a squad of players that can bring their best to the team environment, but yes if you’ve played for Australia before there is a fair chance you’ll be selected.
You’ve got to understand that travelling away for 5 days to Adelaide is going to be tough on the field, but especially tough on some of these young guys off the field that have pets. Not only will it be tough on the player to organise someone to look after their pet, but also tough on the pet. Therefore having to call upon a parent, a family member or family friend to bridge the void of temporary loss of pet & owner.
CR: Josh, do you have any pets?
JB: No I don’t.
CR: What are your pet hates?
CR: Right moving on. Josh you’ve had a great career, we just took a photo in your trophy room at your beautiful house in West Hobart. How are you single? Are you looking for love?
JB: (Laughs) Yes I am very proud of my achievements, especially at the University Cricket Club. And yes I am, but no I’m not looking. But Chas, from a wise soul to a younger one - no one looks for love, but love happens.
CR: Good to know. Now lastly, what do you want to achieve on this trip?
JB: We’re not going to make up the numbers, and we’re working on assembling the best team from the whole of the University of Tasmania, which includes South, North and North-West students.
We’ll be holding tryouts on 6th of October in Hobart. Last time I announced we will be holding TRY outs, a whole heap of Rugby players turned up - so I just want to clarify - this is cricket.
CR: Josh thanks for your time and all the best in Adelaide
JB: Just one last thing - silverware is silverware. And once again well done on your volunteer of the year award - it was great seeing you on Sunrise.
Josh Bean is a life member and played over 300 First Grade games for University, holds the record of most wickets (519), is a former Club Coach and has an exceptional record in one-day and Twenty20 cricket.