Lachlan Stevens returns to the womens game. © Getty Images

Lachlan Stevens has been announced as the head coach of Melbourne Renegades as well as Victoria, the club announced on Wednesday (May 20). This follows Tim Coyle vacating the post after being with the side for three years.

Stevens played for Queensland as well as South Australia before having stints as assistant coach with Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria men’s sides. He led Perth Scorchers to the final in the first season of Big Bash League and was Renegades’ head coach in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League season, before he joined the men’s team as assistant coach for three seasons.

“It’s a great time to be returning to the women’s game given the growth female cricket has enjoyed in recent seasons,” said Stevens, who was appointed as the acting head coach of Victoria’s men’s side after Andrew McDonald was in Australia’s (men) coaching panel.

“It’s always enjoyable to watch and work with players at all stages of their careers and I’m honoured to be able to work with another Victorian Cricket side. I look forward to watching all of them going about their training and playing. I was lucky enough to be a part of the Renegades in the first two seasons of the WBBL and I’m looking forward to catching up with several of those players again in the not too distant future. I can’t wait to watch the WBBL up close again with all the progress that’s been made in the game over the last three years.”

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Stevens’ title-winning successes – Victoria’s Sheffield Shield titles in addition to the Renegades’ BBL win – is something that made him a good candidate, said Shaun Graf, Cricket Victoria’s General Manager.

“Lachlan has been a part of successful coaching programs for more than a decade now,” he said.

“He brings excellent technical and tactical nous while also having a player management approach that will continue to develop our program. Lachlan’s been an excellent contributor to Victorian Cricket and it’s fantastic that we have the scope within our system to provide a fresh challenge that we know he’s looking forward to taking on.”