Cricket Tasmania has decided not to renew the contract of current Hobart Hurricanes WBBL and Tasmanian Roar Head Coach Julia Price at the conclusion of this season.
The decision comes following a thorough review of the Female Program lead by Cricket Tasmania’s High Performance Manager Mr Drew Ginn.
“This season has highlighted many challenges within the female program and the continued improvement of the competition has left some clear shortcomings that need to be addressed,” said Ginn.
"Our decision has been made with the future in mind. We have the bold ambition to create the best female cricket program in Australia and in order to do this, we require new energy.
"Given Julia’s contribution to the sport in this state, and the respect that she is held both in Cricket Tasmania and within the sporting community, this decision has not been taken lightly.
“Julia has agreed to see out the remainder of her contract and lead the Roar in the second half of their Women's National Cricket League season,” Ginn said.
Julia played 10 tests and 84 one-day internationals for Australia and was part of the 1997 and 2005 Women's Cricket World Cup triumphs.
After moving from Queensland, Julia played 38 matches and scored 762 runs as a wicketkeeper-batter for the Tasmanian Roar, before being appointed head coach for the 2013-14 season.
As coach of the Hobart Hurricanes since the inception of the WBBL, Price took the side to consecutive semi-final appearances in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
“Julia has been a wonderful coach and ambassador for the sport for many years,” said Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive Mr Nick Cummins.
“Her transition from successful player to coach to help build Cricket Tasmania's female program to what it is today has shown great commitment, pride and passion.
“Julia’s legacy is the growth of the female game in this state, and we will forever be indebted to her for her contribution.”
Cricket Tasmania will now begin the search to find and attract the best Head Coach for the female program for 2018 and beyond.