Cricket Tasmania has laid out its plan to find a new head coach for its male Tigers program, following the announcement that Jeff Vaughan will depart for an Assistant Coach role with the Australian Men’s Cricket Team.

Ali De Winter and Greg Shipperd will undertake key roles in the program’s interim set-up whilst Cricket Tasmania completes a thorough and robust recruitment process to fill the position.

De Winter – who is currently the Head of Pathways and Talent for Cricket Tasmania’s men’s program – will step into the head coach role in an interim capacity once Vaughan leaves the organisation in early August.

Meanwhile, Shipperd, who is no stranger to Tasmanian cricket, will come on board in a coach consultant role, for the same interim period.

Shipperd started his coaching career with the Tigers, leading them from 1991-92 season.  Shipperd remained at the helm for a further 11 seasons and was responsible for taking Tasmania to its first three Sheffield Shield finals.

Shipperd went on to have success coaching with numerous other states and franchises, including Victoria, the Melbourne Stars, Delhi Daredevils, and most recently, the Sydney Sixers, who he has led to the past two BBL trophies.

Cricket Tasmania’s General Manager of High Performance, Simon Insley, said it was crucial for the squad’s preparation for the upcoming season to have a clear personnel structure in-place whilst the head coach position was in market.

“This is such a crucial role for our organisation and we want to make sure we take the time to complete a through process in recruiting for Jeff’s replacement,” Insley said.  “However, our program needs to keep running, business as usual.  Yes, we have lost some key coaching personnel recently, but in what is a huge credit to Jeff, Griff and the whole team, our program is set up so it is not reliant on any one person to succeed.”

“It is great for our program that Ali has agreed to come into this role in an interim capacity.  He has been involved in cricket in Tasmania for a long time and knows the group well through his work in the pathways and talent management space.  He absolutely has the capacity to do an excellent job in this role, but he has also made it clear that he will not be applying for the position on a permanent basis, due to his passion for the work he’s doing in the pathways space.

“Greg’s credentials obviously speak for themselves, and it will be fantastic to have his knowledge and skills to contribute to our program, which I’m sure will benefit both the players and coaching staff alike.”