The appointment to the national set-up is a true reward for effort for Vaughan, who moved to Tasmania to accelerate his coaching career in 2017. Prior to this, Vaughan had spent all of his cricketing life in South Australia; first as a player, and then in various coaching capacities, before moving to Tasmania to take up a Senior Assistant Coach role with the Tigers.
Vaughan went on to work with both the Tigers and Hurricanes male squads, before stepping into the role of Head Coach for the Tigers’ 2019-20 Sheffield Shield season, after the overseeing the team for six weeks during the pre-season whilst Adam Griffith was embedded in the Australian set-up for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Then, at the start of the 2020-21 season, Vaughan was named Head Coach of all Tigers’ male teams, which contested both the Marsh Sheffield Shield and Marsh One-Day Cup.
“Naturally, it’s been a difficult decision,” Vaughan said of his new appointment. “We have established a strong culture here at the Tigers and feel the team is really where it needs to be for ongoing and sustained success at a domestic level.”
“However, just like for the majority of cricketers, as coaches we aim to reach the highest level in our roles, and this was an opportunity that was just too good not to put my hand up for.
“The entire playing group here has been fantastic to work with and I’m thrilled I’ll still get to work with some of the guys in the national set up. Plus, we have a great bunch of coaching staff and other personnel at Cricket Tas who I have not only learnt a lot from, but who have also made my job here so enjoyable.”
Cricket Tasmania CEO, Dominic Baker, thanked Vaughan for his service to cricket in the state, noting that his departure was a significant loss for the program.
“It’s no secret that Jeff is not only very good at what he does, but one of the nicest guys in cricket, and his departure is a huge loss for us here at Cricket Tasmania.
“However, we are, of course, incredibly proud that Jeff has been called up for national honours. We know how highly regarded he is by our playing group and have no doubt that that sentiment will be emulated in the Australian set-up too.”
Michael Di Venuto has also accepted an Assistant Coaching role with the Australian Men’s team. A name synonymous with both Australian and Tasmanian cricket, most recently worked in a contract capacity as a Batting Coach for both the Tigers and the Hurricanes during the 2020-21 season.
“Just like when we have a player selected for the Australian set-up, it’s recognition of how good they are at what they do, so not only are we thrilled for Jeff and Michael personally, but we are proud to have provided a suitable environment for them – and others - to thrive in their respective roles.”
Vaughan will officially end his tenure with Cricket Tasmania at the beginning of August. Cricket Tasmania will shortly begin a robust recruitment process to fill the positions.