Queensland Cricket will welcome back former fast bowler Ashley Noffke in a full-time coaching role to guide and develop its elite teams in the 2015-16 season.
Noffke, who took 242 first class wickets in 68 games for Queensland in a career that also saw him play ODI and T20 cricket for Australia, will be an Assistant Coach to my FootDr Queensland Bulls coach Phil Jaques for the coming summer.
The 38-year-old was previously a bowling coach for Queensland Cricket in 2011 and the Brisbane Heat in their BBL|02 championship season, before stepping back to concentrate on business interests on the Sunshine Coast.
Noffke’s appointment is another piece of the coaching structure that will also see Gavin Fitness, previously the Bulls fielding coach, join the High Performance department coaching staff in a full time capacity as an Assistant Coach – Pathways.
Fitness, who guided the Queensland Academy of Sport 2nd XI team for the back half of last summer, will be in charge of their Toyota Futures League campaign this season and assist Jaques.
Another Assistant coaching appointment will be announced in the coming weeks, with the group sharing responsibility under Head Coach Phil Jaques for the planning and delivery of coaching to players in the Queensland pathway from U-17s to First Class cricket.
QC High Performance general manager Brett Jones welcomed the return of Noffke for the coming summer.
“Ash is highly credentialed and will provide plenty of expertise for the Bulls and our elite youth teams,’’ he said.
“He’s had a few years away from the game and is very keen to resume his involvement.”
Noffke said he was excited about working alongside Jaques, who he played with and against during his career.
“We roomed together on an Australia ‘A’ tour and we were teammates on the 2008 West Indian tour so we’ve had a good relationship for a number of years,’’ he said.
“We played a lot against each other too, both here in Australia for the Bulls and the Blues, and also in county cricket in England. It’s great to be able to get back into coaching with Phil and I’m looking forward to getting started,’’ he said.
Meanwhile former QAS coach Justin Sternes has been elevated to the new role of Talent Development and Pathway Manager.
The role will be responsible for convening all Queensland Selection panels and aligning selection, coaching and athletic development activities within the State.
Jones said that the appointment of Sternes to the role was testament to the respect he has developed with all stakeholders within Queensland Cricket.
“We’re pleased Justin will play a significant role in our overall structure, especially in our goal to have a leading Player Pathway that delivers elite player development,’’ Jones said.
“There has been a lot of work go into the National Player Pathway initiative recently, and Justin’s experience in many areas of high performance means he is well placed to help Queensland achieve its goals, which include sustainable success for the State and producing more players for the national teams,’’ he said.
Queensland Cricket is also working on additional coaching resources to assist the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire and WBBL Brisbane Heat coach Andy Richards for the WNCL and WBBL seasons.
These roles will also be confirmed in the near future.