Wade Seccombe knows all about overcoming challenges.
In his first year as coach of the my FootDr Queensland Bulls, the former first class wicket-keeper has arrived in his current role through a circuitous route that has come with its share of opportunities and obstacles alike.
A champion player for Queensland, who played in an era when many of the State’s best were agonisingly close to playing for Australia, Seccombe found his biggest test came with life after cricket.
Until Chris Hartley passed him in 2017, Seccombe had owned the record for most wicket-keeping dismissals in Queensland Cricket history after claiming 519 first class and 126 one-day dismissals before retiring in 2005.
He was the wicket-keeper in the historic Queensland team that won the State’s first Sheffield Shield title in 1994-95 and was also a member of the title winning 1996-97, 1999-00, 2000-01, and 2001-02 first class championship teams.
His illustrious playing career over, the Toowoomba product had to consider carefully what his options were. Media and coaching are a familiar pathway for many an ex-player, but Seccombe decided that he wanted to strike out in a different direction.
After some careful searching and diligent planning, he identified a business that he felt would fit his new direction, which encompassed more time with his wife Vicki and their three children as well as going back to school to upskill himself.
He took on an established industrial signage and labelling company, Signs of Safety, a business that has now serviced Australia’s industrial, manufacturing, mining and building industries for more than 20 years.
Along with building the business, he completed a Masters of Business (Marketing) and expanded with a second business ‘Sign Connect”, to be managing director of both manufacturing businesses.
As the business flourished, he found his way back cricket, working as a Queensland Youth coach before becoming an assistant coach for the Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat under Darren Lehmann in 2011-12.
His coaching credentials also saw him tour to Bangladesh as Australian fielding coach in the same year.
But a desire to further explore the corporate opportunities that existed saw him step away from coaching as Signs of Safety consolidated and strengthened its balance sheet by embracing new technology and widening its customer focus and product range.
This combination of business and cricket skills meant he also became an attractive option as a Director of Queensland Cricket and he accepted an offer to join the Board in 2016.
He was in that role when the incumbent Queensland coach Phil Jaques made the decision to stand down from the head coaching role last year due to family reasons.
After some careful consideration, Seccombe took the call and accepted the job as the Bulls coach, a position that has seem him oversee Queensland’s run to a possible Sheffield Shield Final berth.
“I have never moved too far away from Queensland Cricket. I have coached there, done board work and worked in the office with the marketing team where I learned a lot about another arm of the businesss,’’ Seccombe said.
“Over the years we have grown a solid business relationship where Signs of Safety and Sign Connect provide signage and other elements, so I was a regular visitor there anyway before the head coaching role came up.’’
“It’s been a bit of a juggle with the business and coaching, but we have some good people looking after the work and Vicki and I do as much as we can to help out and keep things moving in the right direction.”
“It’s good to be able to say that we’re continuing to service our regular customers to the usual high standard as well as bring in some new business through the cricket network and others who we have contact with.”
“But we’re open and ready for go with whatever solutions are needed to make an impact and enhance a business or a corporate opportunity.”
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Signs Of Safety – a member of the Australian Sign & Graphics Association
Contact: 07 3284 9326