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Greg Shipperd’s 11-year tenure as Victoria’s head coach seems to have come to an end after Cricket Victoria opted not to extend his contract.
Shipperd took over as Victoria’s coach in January 2004 following the tragic death of David Hookes.
In the 11 years that he has been in charge, Victoria have won three Sheffield Shield titles and have the chance to win their fourth one if they beat Western Australia in the final, which begins on Saturday.
Despite all the success Victoria have had under Shipperd’s guidance, Cricket Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide stated that “it is time for a new voice and fresh face to lead the state”.
“The Cricket Victoria board feel that even though Greg has been a tremendous coach and mentor over the 11 years he has been in charge, it is time for a new voice and fresh face to lead the state in the coming years,” Dodemaide said. “Whilst we feel it is time for a fresh approach at the helm, it is absolutely appropriate to acknowledge Greg’s outstanding contribution in the head coach role.
“This season, the Bushrangers have played interstate for eight of the nine completed matches, with the final also away, and to finish on top of the ladder is a huge testament to Greg, the players and his coaching staff. In the past few years, with a shift in strategic priorities at Cricket Victoria to focus on national representation, Greg has been at the forefront of pushing players to higher honours, with Victoria having more players selected in Australian teams than any other state last season.”
While Shipperd admitted to being gutted upon hearing the news, he added that he is extremely proud of what he has achieved during his 11 years as Victoria’s head coach
“I’m satisfied with the success that we have had in my time as coach and hopeful we can add one more title over the coming days,” Shipperd said. “I’m also very proud of the number of Australian players that we have produced over the last decade as well as developing fine leaders in Cameron White and the emerging Matthew Wade.”