Johnston Takes On Coaching Roles
Following his retirement as a player, Ireland's Trent Johnston has been appointed as both the coach of Ireland Women and fast bowling coach at the National Academy.
He will travel with the women's side to the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in March, where the team is making their first appearance after qualifying earlier this year.
Johnston ended a glittering career with Ireland when they won the ICC Intercontinental Cup earlier this week. He played 198 times for his country, won 12 titles and represented the side at two World Cups and three ICC World Twenty20s.
"It's very exciting and a great honour to be given these new challenges by Cricket Ireland," Johnston said.
"It's certainly a new chapter in my life and one I'm looking forward to immensely.
"I'm on a two-year deal to coach the Ireland Women, and it'll be a baptism of fire as we're taking part in a tri-series in Qatar in January with Full Members South Africa and Pakistan.
"That's followed by Ireland's first T20 finals in Bangladesh. It's going to be tough because we'll be the only Associate Member there - but I wouldn't have it any other way.
"The Qatar series will be ideal preparation for Bangladesh. It'll let me get my feet under the table and get to know the squad.
"I've worked with most of them before but this is different in that I'll be Head Coach this time around and I'll have ultimate responsibility. I'll enjoy that and hopefully in time I'll get them playing the brand of cricket that I've played."
He will be responsible for working with the next generation of quick bowlers at Ireland's new Academy.
"It's a great job fit for me and it'll be great helping shape the future of Irish cricket," he said.
"I had discussions with Richard Holdsworth and National Academy Manager Craig Hogan and they were both keen to keep me involved with this side of things, passing on my knowledge and experience.
"I'm going to be busy as I'm also keeping my role as Leinster Lightning coach. I'll be surrounded by good people and I'm certainly going to take advice from those around me - I'm sure I'll be on the phone to 'Simmo' bouncing ideas around."
Performance Director Holdsworth added: "Trent has played in over 15 countries world-wide and just under 200 times for Ireland
"He has moved further into coaching in recent times, and we firmly believe he is the right man to lead the Ireland women's team for the next two years.
"He has an enormous understanding of the game, a work-ethic which is second to none, and is constantly willing to learn. He has excellent technical and tactical knowledge and captained Ireland 60 times.
"Trent knows how important team ethic is in winning teams and that is sure to rub-off on the players. He has worked with current head coach Jeremy Bray for some years and shared much of his knowledge about the players.
"Jeremy has worked tirelessly with the girls over the last few months preparing them for the remainder of the winter and the World T20, and I would like to personally thank him for all his efforts in helping the team achieve the success it has in the last two years - not just in ICC events but also being promoted twice in the ECB Women's County Championship."
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