Coyle sees painting as inspiration

ICONIC Tasmanian Tigers coach Tim Coyle hopes his success can inspire the next generation of cricket coaches, following his oil painting portrait unveiling in Hobart on Friday.

The art piece, painted by David Mellor, will be permanently hung at Blundstone Arena to pay homage to Coyle's long list of achievements at the helm of Cricket Tasmania's top-tier side.

The 53-year-old said the unveiling was a ``humbling'' experience.

``It's certainly something that I never expected to happen,'' he said.

``It will take a little bit of getting used to, because it's not something that has motivated me in what I've done. I love sitting in the change rooms and enjoying a beer with the players when we've had a good win. But this is great.''

Coyle led the Tigers to their first Pura Cup win in 2007, but believes a greater honour will be to pave the way for more Tasmanian cricket coaches in the years to come.

``It's not something that normally happens and I think it's really important that Tasmanian cricket has led the way in recognising a coaching career in this way.

``It's the forerunner in making sure we recognise, in the correct way, all the contributions to the game of cricket. I take my hat off to Cricket Tasmania. Hopefully I represent the coaches that come after me, who can strive for something similar.''

The evening would not have been complete without a word of advice from the man who took Cricket Tasmania to new heights during his eight-year tenure as Tigers coach.

``There's no point in doing what you're doing, unless your ultimate goal is to win. Play the game the right way and hopefully winning will be a result of your preparation.''

Former Tassie Tigers cricket coach Tim Coyle beside the portrait of himself which was unveiled  at  Blundstone Arena  on Friday.

Former Tassie Tigers cricket coach Tim Coyle beside the portrait of himself which was unveiled at Blundstone Arena on Friday.

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