Shipperd leads NSW Blues
Cricket New South Wales is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Shipperd as Head Coach of the NSW Blues.
With over three decades of experience and the most successful national coaching record in history, Shipperd will now focus on restoring the Blues to a title-winning force.
Shipperd has played 112 top-flight games, averaging over 40 with the bat, over his long career with Western Australia and Tasmania and remains one of the most respected coaches in world cricket.
Over 11 years managing Tasmania and 12 years managing Victoria, Shipperd’s teams have been regular Sheffield Shield finalists, winning four titles (Victoria 2003-04, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2014-15) as well as a handful of national one- Day Cup and T20 crowns (including back-to-back wins with the Sydney Sixers in BBL|09 and BBL|10).
Shipperd is known for his technical and tactical know-how as well as his player management skills. He has also coached the Melbourne Stars in the BBL and the Delhi Capitals in the IPL and has held multiple advisory roles around the world.
Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon praised the appointment, recognizing Shipperd’s depth of experience and skills.
“Greg Shipperd’s relentless pursuit of excellence on and off the field is exactly what we believe we need to advance our Blues program,” said Germon.
“He aligns with our values and vision and we look forward to his success.”
Of his appointment, Shipperd said:
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my involvement with NSW Cricket over the past eight seasons. I feel like I can make a contribution to this current gaming group as they embark on an exciting future away from our new home, Cricket Central.
“The NSW cricket system remains strong and has a long history of excellence. I feel compelled to provide my experiences to live up to the expectations of this story.”
CNSW Chief of Cricket Performance Greg Mail will lead the Blues program with current Head of Male Elite Cricket Michael Klinger focusing on T20 cricket with the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder in the BBL and an increased workload with Washington The Freedom franchise enters its first major league cricket season in the United States.
Mail said he was thrilled to have landed Shipperd’s signature.
“While Greg’s record as a senior coach speaks for itself, his passion for NSW’s success is evident,” Mail said.
“We discussed the role with a number of highly qualified national and international coaches and it quickly became clear that Greg was the right person to take us forward.
“I look forward to building the coaching staff around Greg and working closely with him. Nobody here is happy with our recent performances and we are determined to do whatever it takes to improve.”
Shipperd will take over his role immediately, with the Blues returning for pre-season in early June. Shipperd will also continue his role as leader of the Sydney Sixers in BBL|13.