The Wellington Blaze have signalled their intent for continued domestic success with the introduction of a new coaching model led by Ivan Tissera and Robbie Kerr.
Tissera returns to the head coach role after previously leading the Blaze between 2013 and 2016, alongside Kerr who will take on a part-time contractor role in a new integrated coaching and support model aimed at producing future WHITE FERNS and dominating women’s domestic cricket.
Tissera, a world-class spin bowling coach, has been part of Cricket Wellington since 2007 leading its development pathways and the Wellington School of Cricket alongside his work with the Blaze. He will continue to provide specialist spin bowling support across the Firebirds, Blaze and pathway teams.
Kerr, also a former Blaze head coach and former Wellington Firebird, returns to Cricket Wellington after two years away from the organisation. He will oversee the Blaze programme by leading the development of annual campaign plans for the Super Smash and Hallyburton Johnstone Shield.
He was made high performance manager in 2010 and director of cricket in 2011 and worked alongside former coaches Jamie Siddons and Bruce Edgar in the high-performance arm until 2017 as the Firebirds won three national titles, including the T20 Super Smash crown two years ago.
Cricket Wellington CEO Cam Mitchell said the new coaching model was a signal of intent to lead the way in women’s domestic cricket.
“We want to produce more WHITE FERNS and dominate women’s domestic cricket and the new coaching model will provide us with the best opportunity to do so.
“Ivan and Robbie are both highly experienced and talented coaches, and that, combined with their playing experience is a great balance to bring success.”
The Wellington Blaze recently claimed the inaugural women’s Burger King Super Smash title, their second T20 competition win in as many years.
They boast some of the country’s top talent, including future stars Rebecca Burns and Thamsyn Newton and current WHITE FERNS Sophie Devine and Amelia Kerr.
“The Blaze have built a great base over the last few years and we want to now push on further and be the leading women’s domestic cricket side, in terms of success and our development of international level players,” Mitchell said.
Both coaches will officially begin their roles in May.