Tasmanian cricket icon and former Tigers men’s State team captain and coach Dan Marsh has been appointed Assistant Coach of both the Hobart Hurricanes WBBL Women and Tasmanian Tigers Women squads.
Marsh will commence in the role from this Monday under new Female Program Head Coach Salliann Briggs ahead of the 2018-19 Cricket Season, with winter pre-season planning and preparations well underway and training starting shortly.
The 45-year-old former middle-order right-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler returns to Cricket Tasmania headquarters after being replaced as the Tigers men’s team Head Coach back in February 2017.
Since then, Marsh was Head Coach of the 14-player Australia Under-16s squad which competed in a six-match Youth One-Day International Series against Pakistan during April in Melbourne.
Cricket Tasmania’s High Performance General Manager Drew Ginn explained the appointment:
“Given Dan’s rich history and long involvement with Cricket Tasmania, I thought it was important to reach out and engage with him, as I was interested to see if he would like to apply for this Assistant Coach role.”
“He was genuinely excited by the prospect so it was great to obviously have him apply and be considered for the role.
“What struck me was Dan’s motivation to be more involved in coaching and I really wanted to make sure any re-engagement with our organisation was well thought through and was going to be worthwhile.
“Quite simply, we have gone through a process to find the best candidate. Dan became a clear stand out. I think we are lucky to have the chance to engage with him again and continue to build our female coaching team led by Salliann Briggs.
“The aim of last December’s review into our female program has remained consistent - to be the best Female Cricket Program in Australia by driving accountability and performance.”
Female Program Head Coach Salliann Briggs firmly endorsed the new coaching appointment:
“I think Dan’s coaching experience will complement the new program we have assembled for our female Tigers and Hurricanes for this upcoming season.”
“His great cricketing skills, knowledge and empathy for our players will provide a strong support for the vision, expectations and approach we have for our women’s squads.
“Attracting high quality coaches is a central ingredient to success, and I believe we have gone a long way to securing the start of our coaching team which will drive a competitive advantage.”
Nicknamed SOB (Son Of Bacchus), after his legendary Australian wicketkeeper father Rod Marsh, Dan played as an all-rounder for the Tigers from 1996 until retiring from First Class Cricket at the end of the 2009-10 Australian domestic season.
When Marsh retired he was Tasmania's fourth leading all-time First Class run scorer and the most capped player in the state's One-Day Cricket history.
He led Tasmania to their second ever trophy when they won the 2004-05 ING Limited Overs Cup contributing a half-century in the final.
As Tasmania's four-year stand-in captain – in the absence of Australian Test cricket captain Ricky Ponting – then two-year official skipper, Marsh famously led Tasmania to its maiden Pura Cup Sheffield Shield title in 2006-07, and also captained the Tigers to their third domestic one-day trophy when they won the Ford Ranger Cup in 2007-08.
He was Assistant Coach to Tim Coyle when the Tigers won their second Sheffield Shield trophy in 2010-11 before becoming Tigers Head Coach from 2013 to 2017.
Welcome back Dan Marsh!