Woodcock appointed Wellington U19 coach

Legendary Wellington allrounder Luke Woodcock has began his transition from playing to coaching.

The former Firebird, who brought his incredible 17-year long career to an end in March, has been appointed the Wellington Under 19 coach and will lead them for the first time in the representative season next summer.

Woodcock, a product of the Cricket Wellington pathway system himself, racked up 384 appearances for Wellington and played over 100 matches in each of the three formats, and made seven appearances for the BLACKCAPS between 2010 and 2011.

The 37-year-old will now shift focus to younger generation, adding his expertise and experience to the pathway system that has produced current stars Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears and Amelia Kerr.

Cricket Wellington CEO Cam Mitchell said Woodcock’s appointment added another layer of professionalism to an already thriving pathway system.

“Luke is a Wellington legend and his experience is second-to-none. The impact he can have on our young players coming through will be priceless and will hopefully help produce more Firebirds and BLACKCAPS stars.”

The news follows a big week of announcements from Cricket Wellington where Sriram Krishnamurthy and Lance Dry were announced as part of the new Firebirds coaching staff, while Robbie Kerr and Ivan Tissera were revealed as leads of a new Blaze coaching model.