Sydney Thunder have announced their coaching staff for the upcoming Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). Along with Sydney Thunder Head Coach Jo Broadbent and Assistant Coach Dominic Thornley continuing for a further two years, the coaching team will also be joined by Trevor Griffin and Mark McInnes.
Trevor Griffin’s is highly involved in the women’s game, coaching Western Storm in the Kia Super League in England. Western Storm includes two of Thunder’s players; Rachel Priest and Stafanie Taylor and has had success over the past seasons, reaching Finals’ Day on all three occasions, claiming the title once.
About the new signings in the coaching staff, Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon said, “We are building a coaching team that will provide outstanding leadership and support for both our BBL and WBBL squads. We will create a peak performing, learning environment where all players will have the opportunity to become better.”
He further added, “Jo and Dom did an excellent job for us last season and I am thrilled to have them with us for at least another two seasons.
“Mark is heavily involved in coaching at Cricket NSW and assisted Jo and Dom last season. Trevor Griffin is a title-winning coach from England who has coached world class cricketers including some of our Thunder players.”
Broadbent, who is a coach for NSW Breakers as well expressed his hope for Sydney Thunder reaching the finals in WBBL 04 after they were eliminated in the semi-finals last time around.
Speaking to the media, Broadbent said, “I’ve loved working with the club, the players and the staff that we’ve had over that period of time so to be signing another two years I’m ecstatic. We’ll probably have a squad very close to what we had last year. It was a really tough way to finish but we were really proud of the way that the players performed throughout the season to make finals.”
“It’s not an easy competition to win but I think it’s all about working on the processes and not worrying too much about your outcomes.”
Sydney Thunder will open their WBBL campaign on December 2 against the Melbourne Renegades.