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Statement on Adam Griffith

24 January 2022

After five seasons coaching with Cricket Tasmania, Adam Griffith has today informed the organisation that he will not be seeking a contract extension for his roles as Hobart Hurricanes BBL head coach and Cricket Tasmania Director of Coaching, with him finishing in the roles as of today.

Griffith said there are a number of factors that helped him make the decision.

“My two main focusses have always been to win and produce Australian players,” said Griffith. “There have been several players from both the men’s Tigers and Hurricanes programs who have been selected for Australia during the last five years, and hopefully more to come.”

“However, while making several finals across both programs, we have not won the trophies the Tasmanian fans deserve and therefore I feel the time is right for a new hand to help write the next chapters.”

“I am extremely grateful to the board – in particular Andrew Gaggin and David Boon – as well as former-CEO Nick Cummins for providing me the opportunity to come home and coach the state that I love and played for. I will always be thankful for the lessons I have learned about my coaching and the many wonderful life experiences had along the way.

“I still have a strong passion for coaching and look forward to the opportunities that lay ahead. This isn’t the end of my coaching journey, but in the immediate term and off the back of a couple of very challenging years, it’s time to refocus on my young family and repay the endless sacrifices they have made for me.”

Cricket Tasmania Chairman, Andrew Gaggin, noted the significant amount of positive change that has occurred under Griffith’s leadership.

“Adam became State Coach at a time when the male programs were struggling and was able to rebuild both the Tigers and Hurricanes into genuine silverware contenders, reaching grand finals in all three male competitions”, said Gaggin. “It’s also worth looking at the number of players coming out of our programs who now play for Australia to see the impact of his tenure, including the likes of Riley Meredith, Ben McDermott and Nathan Ellis.”

“When you depart a role like this you hope that you’ve left the programs in a better condition to when you began. Adam has absolutely done that, and his legacy will be felt for many years to come.”

Cricket Tasmania General Manager of High Performance, Simon Insley, said the search for a new senior coach would start soon.

“We will continue to work through our existing process for a permanent appointment to the Head Coach of the male Tasmanian Tigers program, while at the same time reviewing what the Hurricanes program requires to give the team the best chance of success in the future”, said Insley. “We are committed to make an appointment by the time the players leave for their winter break to ensure we are well planned for the next men’s Big Bash season.”

“Adam has made his name in Tasmanian cricket as both a player and coach, and as testament to his hard work he leaves the High Performance department in a position that is set up for success. The last couple of seasons in and out of hubs and quarantine have taken their toll on everyone involved, and with a new young family I absolutely respect Adam’s decision to step back from his roles at Cricket Tasmania.”

“We wish him all the very best in the future.”