After his initial tenure as a senior assistant coach, Vaughan was promoted to the head coach of the male Tigers program at the start of the 2019-2020 season, after Cricket Tasmania elected to split the duties of the Hurricanes and Tigers coaching staff on the men’s side of the program.
Ten months ago, Vaughan successfully applied for a job in the national set-up, being appointed to the role of an assistant coach in the successful Australian men’s program. In that time, Vaughan has been a part of the team to win Australia’s first ever men’s ICC T20 World Cup, taken part in a successful home Ashes campaign, and also been a part of Australia’s recent historic tour to Pakistan.
“I feel very fortunate with how everything has worked out” Vaughan said. “I have been connected to the program throughout and am confident that I have continued to develop my coaching and leadership skillset to assist the development of the Tigers’ program wholistically and for the players as individuals”.
“I’m incredibly grateful to Cricket Australia for the opportunity, and to Cricket Tasmania for being so open-minded about my return, so I really can’t wait to just get stuck in and am looking forward to maintaining the direction of the program for an extended period of time.”
Cricket Tasmania CEO, Dominic Baker, said to recruit someone with national coaching honours on the CV was the goal of any state organisation.
“We’re thrilled to have Jeff returning to the helm of our male Tigers program,” Baker said. “We clearly want the best available candidate for the role who also understands and fits with the culture of our organisation, and there’s no doubt that Jeff ticks both those boxes.”
“We’ve all watched the progress of the Australian men’s program over the summer, and there’s nothing more to be said about it other than it was a sparkling success, and Jeff was a part of that.
“Ali has done a fantastic job under really difficult and often uncertain circumstances this year, but the fact that the transition from Jeff to Ali was so smooth was due to the fact that Jeff has such a solid vision in place that everyone was on board with.
“We did have a candidate nearly ready to go back in December that unfortunately fell through, however the timing of everything has been quite serendipitous, as with Jeff obviously knowing the program and the players so well, the transition now should be seamless.”
Vaughan will commence his contract with Cricket Tasmania in May 2022.