Cricket Tasmania has today announced that former Tasmanian Tigers bowler and current Assistant Coach at the Western Australian Cricket Association, Adam Griffith has been appointed as the new Tasmanian Tigers Head Coach for the next three seasons.
The appointment was part of an ongoing recruitment process involving an experienced and knowledgeable panel, before the unanimous recommendation of appointing Griffith to lead the Tasmanian Tigers was accepted by the Cricket Tasmania Board.
Cricket Tasmania Chairman Andrew Gaggin said that the Board welcomed Griffith back to Tasmanian cricket.
“Adam was the unanimous recommendation of the panel from a number of very strong candidates and the Board had no hesitation in accepting and endorsing that recommendation. The Board looks forward to working with Adam in the next phase of Tasmanian cricket and we congratulate him on his new role, " Gaggin said.
Tasmanian-born Griffith grew up in Launceston before debuting for the Tigers in the 2002-03 season. He was one of Tasmania’s most dangerous strike bowlers and was part of two winning finals for the Tigers in the ING One-Day Cup in 2004-05 and the historic Pura Cup victory in 2006-07.
After retiring from the game at the end of the 2010-11 season he immediately began his coaching career, leaving his beloved home state and making the move to Western Australia. Working under the then soon to be Australian Coach Mickey Arthur, Griffith was assigned as the Head Bowling Coach. From 2012 onwards the tall right-arm quick worked under Justin Langer to develop fast bowlers such as Nathan Coulter-Nile, Joel Paris and Jason Behrendorff and also had some short stints as Assistant Coach with the Australian Under 19 squads.
Recently Griffith joined Justin Langer for a taste of national duties as the Fast Bowling Coach for the one-day series against Sri Lanka and West Indies in the Caribbean.
39-year-old Griffith said he's thrilled with the opportunity and is looking forward to hitting the ground running as Head Coach of the Tasmanian Tigers.
"It's a privilege to have been given this opportunity by Cricket Tasmania. I have really enjoyed my time at the WACA and sincerely thank them for giving me my start in coaching and helping me develop as a coach.
"I am now looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and I will be working hard to bring success to the Tasmanian Tigers as well as working towards more national representation," Griffith said.
Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Nick Cummins congratulated Adam on the appointment.
"Adam impressed the panel with his clear vision around the direction he would like to take the Tigers and how he can positively influence the entire High Performance pathway from youth to senior players.
"In working for Justin Langer for the past five seasons, we believe that he has had the opportunity to learn from one of Australia's best state coaches and experience first-hand the transformation that the WACA has undergone over that period.
"While Adam is originally from Tasmania, this did not figure in our reckoning when considering the best candidate, and we feel his experience, philosophy and approach set him apart from the other candidates.
“As we draw closer to the official pre-season for the Tasmanian Tigers on behalf of the Board, players, staff and cricket enthusiasts I wish Adam all the best as he begins the journey of leading our state men’s cricket team into the future,” Mr Cummins said.
Currently residing in Western Australia Adam will re-locate to Tasmania in the coming weeks.