Beams, who coached the Tasmanian Tigers’ Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) team to the state’s historic first piece of female silverware in March this year, has been the head coach of both the Tigers and Hurricanes female programs since 2018. 

The new role is not Beams’ first foray into performance management.

A former elite cricketer, upon retirement from playing Beams held multiple coaching roles with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), before taking on the role of Cricket Performance Manager at Loughborough University.

Beams was initially headed down the long-term career path of performance management, before being persuaded to get back into coaching ahead of applying for the head coach role at Cricket Tasmania.

Beams said she was excited by the new challenge ahead.

“When I had the chance to sit back and really think about my own career progression, this is the direction I really want to head in as I am passionate about creating the best high performance systems and people,” Beams said.

“I had a great working relationship with Simon [Insley, Cricket Tasmania’s previous General Manager of High Performance] and his departure was a surprise and I was really sad to see him go, and it wasn’t until the dust had settled from that that the potential of this opportunity really dawned on me.

“Having signed a [head coach] contract extension back in May, this clearly wasn’t something I’d planned, but the opportunity to work in the male system while still working with the same players and staff in the women’s program made it really enticing to me.

“Jeff [Vaughan, Tigers and Hurricanes men’s head coach] and I have always collaborated really well together, and we have a great team of coaches and support staff across the entire department, so I’m looking forward to watching a lot of success unfold on the field this season across all five of our elite teams, as well as working to develop and implement the strategy of how we’re going to further improve Tasmanian elite cricket in the medium- to long-term.

“The opportunity to stay within the organisation after leaving a head coaching role is an exciting one, and something I am grateful for. The organisation has achieved a lot in recent years and I can’t wait to play a role in ensuring Tasmanian cricket reaches its potential in the future.”

Cricket Tasmania CEO, Dominic Baker, said he was thrilled to be able to keep someone of Beams’ calibre within the organisation.

“Filling such a crucial role like a High Performance Manager is always a mammoth task, and as you would expect, the quality of the applications we received was exceptional,” he said.

“To have the best person for this role already within this organisation was a bonus for us. We pride ourselves on our people, and Salliann’s plan and vision for the future of high performance presented to us through the recruitment process was exceptional.

“She has already shown us that she is a great coach, but as well as the technical side of things, she is an excellent strategist, and always looking for ways that we can be better, not just on the field in the short-term, but to ensure the future of Tasmanian cricket is sustainable for years to come.”

Beams is currently in the UK fulfilling her role as head coach of the Trent Rockets women’s team in the The Hundred, a position she has held for the past two seasons.

“We’ve always been supportive of the roles our staff take up outside the organisation, as we see it as a form of professional development that helps not only them improve what they do, which in turn, helps our organisation,” Baker said.

“This role at The Hundred will likely be her last coaching role for a while, so we are keen for her to focus on that and put absolutely everything she can into it, before she begins a new chapter here at Cricket Tasmania.”

The General Manager of High Performance is a permanent, full-time position.

Announcements on the coaching structure for the upcoming WNCL and WBBL seasons will be made in the coming weeks.