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Cricket Australia Coach of the Year Awards

Cricket coach awards
L - R: Darren Holder (CA) Troy Paradies (QLD) Tamara Mason (CA) Matthew Betsey (CA) Michael O'Rourke (ACT) James Sutherland (CA) Chris McGown (SA) Adam Trunks (NT) Stephen Lee (TAS) Lincoln Rollo (WA) Hussain Hanif (VIC) Robbie Jackson (NSW)

Coaches from around the country were hosted at the Sydney ODI for their contribution to Cricket Coaching in Australia.

Cricket Australia hosted the coaches at the ODI Series v Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground to say thank you for their continued work in helping to develop and support Cricket - Australias favourite game.

Check out what the State and Territory associations had to say about why their nominee was put forward:

Michael O'Rourke 

Michael’s passion for cricket is unwavering. He has been involved in Australian Cricket’s High Performance programs as both a player and a coach, before playing several roles in the game over an extended period in England. Having practiced and honed his skills and knowledge surrounding the game, he has returned to the ACT and taken up several highly demanding coaching roles in cricket development in Canberra, and as part of the Southern NSW region. Michael’s work across various communities has taken him from Canberra, across the Snowy Mountains and down to the Far South Coast of NSW. His appointment as head of the ACT/Southern Zone academy team was a great step for Michael, and all ACT coaches, as he made unprecedented progress into the NSW development pathway. This both further enhanced his own coach education, and developed greater harmony between the two pathways. 

Troy Paradies

Troy has been involved with Central Qld cricket as coach for 12 continuous seasons as well as a club coach and coaching association sides. He has also been involved as a volunteer as director of coaching at an association level for Central Highlands cricket and also for Central Qld cricket for 3 seasons. Troy has always been passionate about his role, living in Emerald he has had to travel 600 km round trip for selection and training practice days as well as matches a number of times a year. In the period that Troy has been a CQ coach it has been hard to get representative coaches due to a large number of people doing shift work in the area. Every CQ senior match involves travel for Troy of at least 1200 km return to attend the two games and up to 1800 km return every 3rd year when one of the matches is in Townsville.

Adam Trunks

Adam is a fantastic ambassador for Australian Cricket. He volunteers at his local club as a coach, junior coordinator and committee member despite not having a child involved. He has been exceptional with attracting diverse groups with a strong focus on females and multi-cultural participation. Adam demonstrates great leadership in our community, he wears many hats, coach, volunteer and teacher. He is constantly showing good sportsmanship and teaching young players the spirit of cricket. Adam is a trusted person at NT Cricket and thoroughly deserves this recognition. 

Stephen Lee

Stephen takes an active role in coaching of all players at the club whether it be lower or higher grades, junior or senior. Stephen is interested in promoting women's cricket and has been involved with planning for an underage female team.As part of his role Stephen is constantly identifying young talent at the club and then working directly one on one with up and coming players to improve their game. He is a well deserved winner of Tas Coach of the Year

Robbie Jackson

Robbie has been involved in the Riverina Cricket pathway for the past two years. He was Assistant Coach of the Cricket NSW Zone Academy Program – Riverina, in 2015 and was elevated to Head Coach of this program in 2016. His role as Zone Academy Coach requires him to operate an off-season training program for the best young players from the Riverina aged 13-18. His role also sees him mentoring coaches in the Riverina Cricket Pathway as well as coaching representative teams from the Riverina, including the Riverina Under 19 team and the Riverina Open Team. His mantra to his players and/or squad members revolves around the values of honesty, commitment, discipline, pride in performance and a strong work ethic. His absolute love of the game, infectious personality and his want to make a difference ensures all who are privileged to play or train under him benefit from his guidance.

Lincoln Rollo

Lincoln is the current coach of the WGJCC U16 team, coach of our U13 Girls team and is also the Club’s Coaching Coordinator. He is our only level 2 coach and actively mentors the other coaches in the club.  Lincoln also sets the standard in the club for ensuring players follow safety rules in the nets, are aware of what is going on around them and act in an appropriate way to others. He is very concerned about safety and has investigated improved helmets etc for our club.

Lincoln has been a very positive influence on his current U16 team, treating the boys as young men and expecting them to behave that way. He coaches and mentors them but as they are getting older he encourages them to take more responsibility for their cricket and their performance. Consequently, a number of the players have been able to easily and successfully participate in senior teams and cope well in that environment.

Hussain Hanif

Huss has been involved in the Melbourne All-Abilities Cricket Association as a Coach with the Yarraville Club team which won the premiership last season.  His involvement and caring nature in dealing with these players with learning difficulties has created a strong culture at this club.

Huss has also been involved in the Victorian Vikings program as an Assistant Coach, and as Coach of the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL Challenge with players vying to be selected for the Vikings.  He will be involved in the inaugural Disability National Championships in Geelong in December as Assistant Coach of the Victorian Vikings. 

He has become a fantastic role model for all his players and has been proactive in getting this team up and going after approaching the club during the preceding off season.

Chris McGown

Chris is extremely passionate about the game of cricket. A handy all-rounder in his playing days, Chris captained Southern Eyre South to multiple A grade premierships. However, it has been his step into coaching that has brought about arguably the biggest change to the cricket club.

In 2009 Chris took it upon himself to pull together a group of young cricketers to form the first Southern Eyre South Cricket Club Colts side in the Port Lincoln Cricket Association. This was a huge boost to the league, increasing the number of teams playing from five to six, and eliminating the need for a weekly bye.

While Chris’ long term objective was to ultimately develop cricketers to play at the highest level possible, his immediate goal was to encourage youths from diverse backgrounds to come and play competitive cricket for the first time. This provided the opportunity for many Indigenous players to participate in a sport which traditionally has a low participation rate in this region.

The team struggled for success in the first couple of years, but Chris continued to encourage more and more youths to get involved. Training sessions went from a handful to in excess of 15 players. As a result, the club was able to ‘loan’ some of these players to other clubs, ensuring they would get a game of cricket each week.

Parent participation also increased substantially, with several of these parents also becoming involved in the club at committee level.

Chris is undoubtedly one of the most respected cricketers in the Port Lincoln community. His dedication and commitment to the development of junior cricket in the region is highly regarded.