Please welcome Wests' coaching staff for the 2018-19 season!
John Buchanan has joined Wests as Head Coach for the 2018-19 season. He has enjoyed a long and decorated career as a cricket coach and Wests are very pleased to have him lead our coaching team.
John became the Australian cricket team coach in 1999 and in 2007 finished a very successful campaign as coach of Australia. John coached the team to a world record number of straight Test Matches (16 wins), consecutive One Day International victories (21) and set an unprecedented World Cup record with 2 World Cups and 24 games undefeated. At the time of his retirement, the Australian Cricket Team were the World Cup Champions, Test Cricket Champions and One Day Champions, and also returned the Ashes to Australia in early 2007. This record of victories makes John the most successful coach in history with a winning record of over 75%.
John is also renowned for delivering Queensland their first Sheffield Shield title in 1994/5. In five years of coaching Queensland, they won the Sheffield Shield and Mercantile Mutual Cup twice each.
John has a degree in Human Movement, a teaching Diploma and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Alberta University in Canada. He has also been granted an honorary doctorate by the University of Queensland for his services to sport, and has also graduated from the 5 day intensive Company Director’s Course conducted by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
This education has influenced John’s coaching style, which is vastly different to those used by cricket coaches for generations. John has taken his teams on their respective journeys to ‘Everest’ or being a team that dominates their marketplace by trying to play a different game to everyone else. He was the first coach to use computer analysis of every ball bowled, and he retained a unique approach to coach the ‘whole person’ rather than just the athlete.
Ben is a former Wests player and the current head coach for Wests Women's Premier Grade teams. He brings extensive coaching experience to this role having coached Marist Brothers College first eleven cricket team for several years with strong success. This role has also included a stint working with Regional representative teams at various State Championships. More recently Ben has been involved in the development of the cricket program at the College as well as working with other up-and-coming coaches within the program. He is also studying for a Master’s Degree in Sports Coaching at the University of Queensland. In 2016 he was granted the opportunity to participate in the Level 3 High Performance Coaching program which Cricket Australia held in Hong Kong.
2017/18 was Ben's first foray into coaching Premier Cricket having been invited to take on the Women’s squad at Wests. He's Looking forward to another successful season with the Dogs in 2018/19!
George is currently Wests coach for the club's U16 Lord Taverners and Girls Youth teams. George has a wealth of junior development coaching. George has guided Ipswich Grammar School teams to premierships with the U 15’s. He was the successful team coach for the Inaugural U16 Qld Cricket Rookie Challenge team. (His Assistant coach was Billy Stanlake!!!). George also coached our very own Premier Grade Youth Girls team to the final in last year’s debut competition under lights and has credentials as a very successful MSW Junior Representative Coach. George is also our lead coach for the Wests +Plus Development Squads.
Steve is a Level 2 cricket coach with extensive experience both as a cricketer and in the development of sports development programs. Steve played for Wests for many years and is Wests all-time leading runs scorer in Premier Grade cricket. He also played for the Queensland Bulls and the Brisbane Heat. Steve is Wests' Assistant Coach for our Men's cricket teams, and our specialist batting and leg spin coach.
Jodie is a highly credentialed coach with specialist skills in wicket-keeping and batting. She played 108 test matches, one day internationals and T20 internationals as the wicketkeeper-batsman for Australia before retiring in 2014. She was the Australian team caption from 2009 until her retirement from international cricket. She continued to play for the Queensland Fire and Brisbane Heat Womens teams for several years, and is currently the specialist women's fielding and wicket-keeping coach at the Queensland Academy of Sport. Jodie is our Women's Premier Grade wicket keeping and batting coach.
Dirk has a long association with Wests as a player and a coach for our men's Premier Grade and Lord Taverners teams. He also play 105 first class and limited overs games for Queensland. Dirk will assist with coaching our Men's Premier Grade squad and will also be lead bowling coach for our Women's Premier Grade squad.
Simon is a very experienced coach and is currently the assistant coach for Wests' women's premier grade teams. During 2018 he was Head of Womens Cricket for Cambridge cricket club in the UK where he was responsible for forming a womens' squad with the aim of entering a formal team for the 2018/19 season. Simon also coached Wests' U16 Lords Taverners Squad for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, and has coached MSW junior representative teams for several years.