Warriors name new coach
Port Elizabeth - Cricket Eastern Cape (Pty) Ltd on Monday announced the appointment of Piet Botha as the new Warriors coach.
With Russell Domingo taking up his new position as the assistant coach to the Proteas from August 1, 2011 the position of Warriors coach became vacant. Botha has been the Warriors assistant coach for the past six years as well as heading up the EP Cricket Academy and coaching the EP Provincial team.
He brings with him a wealth of experience both on and off the field. He has been involved with cricket since 1984 and made his debut for Transvaal in 1987 and represented SA A in 1996/97.
In addition to Botha's appointment, the Board has also appointed Adrian Birrell as Manager of Coaching Development. Birrell has spent the past few years in Ireland and will return to his Eastern Cape roots to take up this position.
Given the uniqueness of the Eastern Cape with regard to developing and advancing talented young players in general and Black African players in particular, Birrell's position will put the spotlight on this very important aspect of player development in our region.
"In my time as CEO of Cricket Eastern Cape I cannot easily recall a decision made by the Board that is as progressive and far reaching as the one to appoint Piet Botha as head coach of the Warriors and Adi Birrell as the Manager of Coaching Development. In the case of Piet he is someone who though hard work and commitment to becoming a top class coach has earned himself a fine reputation in South African Cricket circles. He has made a profound study of the game and this knowledge backed by a highly successful cricket playing career makes him highly suitable to take over from Russell Domingo.
"Adi Birrell as someone who will work with the all important feeder systems and in doing so harness the undoubted talent that we have is an ideal person to fulfill this role. His credentials as a developer of cricketers is impeccable and to my mind his appointment is our passport to success.
"I commend the Board on their vision of looking further than merely appointing a head coach. Their consideration and understanding that the Warriors are only as good as the feeder systems is a great example of visionary leadership." said CEO Dave Emslie.
Botha will take up his post on August 1, 2011. The team will start their Champions League preparation which sees them traveling to India for the tournament in late September. Birrell will start on September 1.