The Sydney Sixers has today announced Greg Shipperd will take the reins as Head Coach for the upcoming KFC T20 Big Bash League season.
The decision comes after the Club received applications from a number of strong contenders from across the world, with a thorough interview process driving the decision to appoint the former first class batsman and Tasmanian, Victorian and Southern Stars coach.
Shipperd is Australia’s most successful domestic T20 coach with four State titles with Victoria under his belt as well as leading the Melbourne Stars to the semi-finals in all four BBL tournaments.
His appointment came as he acknowledged the unique culture that has been built at the Sixers and expressed his desire to refine, rather than make any wholesale changes to the Sixers team that has played in three of the last four BBL semi-finals and won the title in BBL|01.
Great to have Shippy on board at the @SixersBBL . Highly respected around the country and I'm sure he will continue the success of our club!— Jordan Silk (@jcsilk14) August 10, 2015
Sixers General Manager, Dominic Remond, said Shipperd’s successful history and management skills were a key factor in his appointment.
“We are very excited to have Greg join the Sixers,” said Remond.
“He is a highly experienced and arguably the most successful coach in Australian domestic T20 history and also has experience in the IPL. Most importantly, he understands that the Sixers have built a successful culture and there is no need to reinvent the wheel, rather fine tune it.
“Greg is recognised as a great people manager and will play an important role in developing our player and coaching talent.”
For Shipperd, the opportunity to work with some of the country’s most exciting young players was key to his desire to apply for the role.
“It’s an excellent team, it’s one of the high profile teams of the Big Bash which is the competition you want to be playing in or coaching,” said Shipperd.
“There’s some great coaching opportunities with some of the really emerging young players that I’m very excited about and it’s got a nice balance of experience and youth that I really enjoy looking after in terms of coaching.”
“I think it’s really exciting for the Sixers to have picked up Shippy as the new coach,” said captain Moises Henriques.
“He’s had a lot of success with Victoria in the past and more recently the Melbourne Stars so we look forward to hearing some of his new ideas for the coming season and I very much look forward to working with him.”
The remainder of the Sixers coaching staff will be named in the coming months.
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