49-year-old Helmot started his coaching career at the club level at the age of 25 and went on to become Victoria’s high-performance manager in 2007 and was the coach of Australia’s men 'A' side during their visit to India in 2008. He has coached in various men’s T20 leagues across the world.
Hemlot served as assistant coach of both the BBL and WBBL Renegades squads last season. Neither team was able to reach the knockout stage, with the WBBL squad finishing as low as seventh.
“It was a great experience returning to the Renegades last season and, in my first year in the WBBL, I was really impressed by the talent across the competition. It was a tough season for us in terms of results, but winning three of our last five games highlights the resilience and character of the group, so I’m really excited to be working with them again and seeing what we can build over the next couple of seasons,” Helmot said.
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“Ultimately I want to create an environment where players can improve as individuals, both in a cricket sense and away from the game, and then bring it all together so we can succeed as a team.”
David Lever, Renegades general manager, welcomed the appointment and said Helmot will bring his vast coaching experience to the side and his approach will help the side to have success in the future.
“Simon brings a positive attitude and an enthusiastic approach to the role, supplemented by more than 15 years coaching experience across the globe. He was able to form a strong connection with our playing group last season and his passion, work ethic and care are some of his characteristics that have and will continue to resonate with our club,” Lever said.
“Simon is dedicated to developing our squad both as players and people and that all-round approach will have us well positioned for future success.”