Bray and Pyne announced as new High Performance Coaches
Mon, Apr 11, 2011 4:07 PM
Cricket Ireland is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeremy Bray and Nigel Pyne as High Performance coaches. Both Coaches are products of the Cricket Ireland Coach Education Programme and are presently working through the Coaching Levels.
Bray, the first Irishman to score a hundred in a ICC World Cup against Zimbabwe during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, will take charge of the Cricket Ireland Men's Development Squad (formerly known as Ireland A) and the Cricket Ireland Under 19 Squad.
In a glittering international career, Bray earned 83 caps, scoring 2812 runs at an average of 31.95. He scored seven centuries, a total only bettered by the current Ireland captain William Porterfield. His highest score of 190 has only been beaten by Eoin Morgan and Ivan Anderson, while his partnership of 304 with Niall O'Brien against the UAE in 2005 is the second highest in Irish cricket history.
This is a new and exciting challenge for the former opening batsman. 37 year old Bray said " I relish the opportunity to take on this role as a High Performance Coach, as it gives me a chance to work with the most talented young Irish Cricketers and put something back into the game which has treated me so well. It is also an opportunity to be challenged as a coach and to add strong practical experience to the formal learning that I am undertaking through the Cricket Ireland Coach Education Programme."
Nigel Pyne, the Women's Development Squad Coach has had his role extended to include taking charge of the Under 17 Girls side. Pyne works closely with Women's Head Coach, Stephen Moreton and will be acting as Analyst and Assistant Coach to Moreton in the Ireland Women's upcoming Quad-Series in Sri Lanka.
Pyne states "this new role as a High Performance coach for the Women is an excellent opportunity to help develop the women's game in Ireland. We have some exciting young cricketers coming through the ranks and it is great that they are given the opportunity of working with designated coaches to aid their development and ensure that we continue our development as a world leading Women's cricket nation."
Director of Cricket Operations, Mark Garaway said "this is another step in the right direction for Cricket Ireland and an indicator that we take the development of our young players very seriously. It is great to have two high quality, home-grown coaches leading their areas on our Player Development Model and we look forward to strong performances from the Squads this coming summer."
Both Coaches have already started making a difference, Jeremy led the Under 19 National weekend held on the weekend of 26th/27th March at North County CC and Nigel has been involved in the Senior women's preparations for the upcoming Quad-Series, which begins on 17th April in Colombo, Sri Lanka.