Coaches gain from elite exposure
May 16, 2017
Australia’s elite cricket coaches will tap into the knowledge of architects of premiership victories and World Cup campaigns this week at the Bupa National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Brisbane.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou and premiership winning AFL coach Leigh Matthews will be among the guest lecturers at Cricket Australia’s 2017 Elite Coach Development Program this week.
Matthews, who won three titles as coach of the Brisbane Lions and tasted premiership glory with Collingwood and as a player with Hawthorn, will present on coaching evolving player performance and how best to manage success and failure.
Postecoglou, who is currently overseeing Australia’s 2018 World Cup campaign, will present to the Australian Team Performance department on incorporating internationally based players as part of national squad preparation.
State men’s and women’s coaches, BBL and WBBL coaches and batting, bowling and fielding specialist coaches will spend this week at the NCC where they will attend workshops and lectures as part of their professional development.
National men’s and women’s head coaches Darren Lehmann and Matthew Mott headline a list of Australian cricket coaches in attendance.
New Tasmanian Tigers coach Adam Griffith, Victorian and Melbourne Renegades mentor Andrew McDonald, Sydney Sixers coach Greg Shipperd, NSW Blues coach Trent Johnston and Queensland Bulls coach Phil Jaques are among the men’s team coaches at the program, plus National Performance Squad mentors Matthew Elliott and Ryan Harris.
Having recently returned from a week-long study trip in the United States, Lisa Keightley (WACA/Perth Scorchers), Shelley Nitschke (SACA/Adelaide Strikers), Leah Poulton (Cricket NSW/Sydney Thunder) and Julia Price (Cricket Tasmania/Hobart Hurricanes) are among the attending women’s coaches.
Other guests attending the week include Melbourne Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi and Storm Player List Manager Paul Bunn and UK-based power hitting coach Julian Wood who has worked with several international batsmen in recent seasons on developing specialist techniques for T20 and limited overs cricket.
Coaches will also have a full-day workshop on Friday with leading psychology experts Matti Clements and Rosie Stanimirovic from Mental Edge Consulting on using emotional intelligence to enhance coaching practices.