Andrea McCauley to Step Down as Coach

Statewide Super SA Scorpions and Adelaide Strikers WBBL head coach Andrea McCauley has made the decision to step down from her role.

McCauley became the first full-time coach for the South Australian women’s program ahead of the 2014-15 season, after spending the previous season as head coach in a part-time capacity.

She took on the head coaching role for the Strikers in the inaugural rebel WBBL season in 2015-16, going on to lead the Strikers to their first finals campaign in WBBL|03.

In 2015-16, McCauley guided the Scorpions to their maiden Women’s National Cricket League title, ending New South Wales’ 10-year dominance of the competition.

The former South Australian captain, who also played one Test and one ODI for Australia in 1990, has fought with passion for the women’s program over her time as a player and later, a coach, which has resulted in significant growth in support, facilities and resources.

“I feel the time is right for me to step down and for someone else to come in,” McCauley said.

“For me, just to have been involved as a coach in what I think is the best female cricket competition in the world, I’m quite proud of that.

“I want to thank the SACA but particular Keith Bradshaw because without him, we would probably still be answering questions about whether the females need a full-time coach, but he was the one who was like ‘yep this has to happen’.

“Tim Nielsen has been a massive support for me…and a big thank you to Shelley Nitschke who spent a couple of years with me (as assistant coach)…quality person, quality coach.”

SACA General Manager, High Performance Tim Nielsen said: “Andrea has been such an asset to our High Performance unit during her time as coach.

“She’s brought such energy, knowledge and experience to the role and has really advanced our women’s program forward – she will absolutely be missed.”

SACA Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw said: “In her time at SACA, Andrea has achieved so much with the Scorpions and the Strikers.

“Winning a WNCL title, getting the Strikers to their first WBBL semi-final and coaching a number of players who have gone on to play for Australia.

“Her contribution to the women’s program here at SACA has been exceptional and her passion to see young South Australian athletes succeed is evident in everything she’s done.

“We are sad to say goodbye to Andrea and wish her all the best for the next chapter.”

McCauley will continue as head coach until a replacement is appointed in the coming months.

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