New Zealand have appointed former Otago second XI player and first-team coach Mike Hesson as their new head coach. He has been given a contract until the end of the 2015 World Cup and will take over from the incumbent, John Wright, following the Black Caps’ tour of the Caribbean.
The 37 year-old’s coaching career thus far is an impressive one. As well as coaching Otago for six years, he has also coached the Argentinean national side and recently finished a ten-month stint as Kenya’s national coach – only quitting because of safety concerns.
New Zealand Director of Cricket, John Buchanan, whose disagreements with John Wright were believed to be a factor in the latter’s departure, said of Hesson: “We were impressed with the way Mike presented himself and he was the stand-out applicant from a strong field of candidates. He has been a successful first-class coach with the Otago team in recent years and has also had valuable experience working with New Zealand A sides. He also spent some time assisting the Black Caps coaching staff during the 2010 Chappell-Hadlee Series and we're fortunate to have secured his services for the national team.
"Mike's impressive career path also includes the SportNZ Elite Coach Accelerator Programme where he not only had the honour of being selected for the programme, but finished as one of the highly commended participants. He will bring a freshness and new energy to the side and we know he is more than capable of developing and growing the team as we work towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015."
Hesson was part of a three-man shortlist which had included former New South Wales and current Glamorgan coach Matthew Mott and Delhi Daredevils and current Black Caps assistant coach Trent Woodhill. His first match in charge of New Zealand comes on 23rd August against India.
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