Derbyshire have made several additions to their new coaching structure following the recent appointment of Graeme Welch from Warwickshire to lead the Elite Performance structure as Elite Cricket Performance Director.
Former Derbyshire players John Sadler, Ant Botha, Steve Stubbings and AJ Harris join Cookie Patel and Simon Guy on the team that will coach county sides at all levels from first-team to having input at the various age groups.
Former seam-bowling all-rounder Welch will, as well as leading the team, be the lead bowling coach, with former bowling coach Harris focusing mainly on the Academy. Sadler will be lead batting coach with support from Stubbings, while Botha will coach spin bowling after enhancing his coaching reputation in Australia. Former Yorkshire wicket-keeper Guy will assist in the development of glovemen Richard Johnson and Tom Poynton, while Patel is recruited from the England Women setup to coach fielding.
Howard Dytham, James Pipe and Jamie Tallent will remain in their roles as Academy Director, Lead Physiotherapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach respectively, with an Elite Performance Analyst to be added to the setup in the coming days.
Welch said of the additions: “The new elite performance coaching structure shows our long-term ambition. We’re delighted with the calibre of coaches we’ve been able to attract and it’s notable that our management and support team now boasts a combined total of way over 700 first-class appearances.
“Every member of the elite coaching team has earned their place. They’re all leaders within their disciplines and will bring great knowledge and expertise to the team. As well as welcoming four top-class new coaches, it’s also been great to see the progress of Steve Stubbings and AJ Harris since I’ve been here. They’ve earned their positions on merit, against strong applicants, and are a valuable part of what’s now a well resourced coaching team. It will give our players, from grassroots right through to the professional game, the best possible preparation and support.”
Chairman Chris Grant added: “After a rigorous recruitment process - including internal, external, UK and overseas candidates - we believe we’ve got the best team for the job.
“We were delighted with the number of applicants and the quality of candidates we attracted, demonstrating the wide-reaching impact of our new Elite Performance structure.
“Everything will be fully in place with all the coaches in position by mid February when the hard work will continue as we aim for success on the field – and also furthering our ambition to produce England cricketers.”
Meanwhile, Derbyshire have announced that they will travel to Abu Dhabi for a pre-season tour from 7th March for nine days. Opposition will include New Zealand, who are based their ahead of the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh. Funds were found for the trip, with players and supporters also chipping in with contributions and fundraising efforts.
Glamorgan have announced their captaincy line-up for 2014, with Mark Wallace continuing as club captain. The big news is the reinstatement of Jim Allenby as T20 captain as a replacement for departed overseas player Marcus North.
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