The Assistant Coach of both the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire and WBBL Brisbane Heat teams last season, McGiffin will replace Andy Richards in the role following Andy’s appointment as State Talent and Pathways Manager – Women’s Cricket.

Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters welcomed the appointment of McGiffin, who will take up the role at the end of the month.

“Pete brings plenty of energy to go with his expertise and we know he enjoys the respect of the players after working with them for the past 12 months,’’ he said.

“He has a strong appreciation of the role of the women’s game, and has a genuine passion to be a part of building the game to be one of choice for women and girls. The Fire and WBBL Heat players are outstanding ambassadors for cricket and I am sure Pete will help them to grow and to showcase their skills to as wide an audience as possible,” Walters said.

A Level III Cricket Australia coach, McGiffin has previously coached the Queensland U-18 women’s team.

A health and physical education teacher for 24 years, he was a North Queensland representative player and later served as Director of Coaching at Mackay/Whitsunday Cricket before joining Queensland Cricket as a Talent Officer.

“The Fire and the WBBL Heat are part of a very exciting time for the game and I’m honoured to have the chance to be a part of that,” he said.

“I have been fortunate to have been heavily involved in sport at a number of levels, ranging from the grass roots through to the elite as a teacher, a participant and a coach, and I am passionate about the opportunities cricket offers, especially to women and girls,” he said.

His daughter Tenika, a former Queensland youth player, has recently taken up a college tennis scholarship with the University of Tennessee.

Son Steve McGiffin, a Premier Cricket player for Wests, is playing League cricket in England with Northchurch CC, the same club his father played for and coached in the 2000s.

Fire players commenced pre-season training at the start of this month.