New coaching panel, structure for Knights

SOUTH Launceston Cricket Club has appointed a new coaching panel and structure for the upcoming 2014-15 NTCA season.

The Knights have adopted a new coaching structure that will see former A-grade player and assistant coach Liam Devlin return to the club to take charge as the club's first and second grade coach.

Dan Chandler will be the club's third grade coach and Lyndon Iles will coach fourth grade.

Former state cricketer David Smith will be the Knights' high performance manager and coaching director with former player and coach Brent Young continuing to serve as cricket operations manager.

"David's son Alec plays at South and he will look after the coaches and bring some new ideas to the club in terms of coaching methods and some individual game plans and strategies," Young said.

"My role as cricket manager is to ensure all the coaches have everything they need to do their job off the field, taking care of any resources or equipment required and liaising with the committee.

"Lyndon and Dan are both former players and Dan played third grade last year and is motivated to look after that group.

"Lyndon has been involved with our juniors for three or four years and is following the group of boys that he has been involved with up into fourth grade."

Young said all sport clubs had trouble attracting volunteers and coaches with the time requirements involved.

"Instead of going down the path of appointing a traditional club coach we talked to Tim Coyle and the Glenorchy Cricket Club and have adopted the structure they have set up and found quite successful by breaking it up into smaller segments," Young said.

South Launceston Cricket Club manager Brent Young, president Leigh Beardwood, first and second grade coach Liam Devlin amd fourth grade coach Lyndon Iles. Picture: Mark Jesser.

South Launceston Cricket Club manager Brent Young, president Leigh Beardwood, first and second grade coach Liam Devlin amd fourth grade coach Lyndon Iles. Picture: Mark Jesser.

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