Cricket Ireland is the governing body for the game at both performance and participation levels throughout
All-Ireland, representing the interests of both the men’s and women’s game. The future of Irish Cricket is
incredibly bright given the growth of the sport driven by significant success on the international stage in the
last decade, development of a first-class domestic structure and a national academy supported by long-term
commercial funding. These attributes have put Ireland firmly on the radar of ICC which is currently
considering a major revamp of international cricket structures which could see Ireland playing all three
formats of the game at the highest level for the foreseeable future (subject to approval).
The senior men’s team success over the last decade has resulted in the rapid growth of the organisation and
significant increase in turnover through partnerships with blue-chip multi-national companies, with Sports
Councils on both sides of the Irish border and with the ICC. Funding and therefore future resources are set
to increase with an application for ICC Full Membership to be considered over the coming months.
Ireland is currently ranked 12th in ODI cricket, 15th in T20I, and is leading the ICC Intercontinental Cup (4-day
format), having won it four out of the last five times. In order for Ireland to continue its success over the last
decade qualifying for every World Cup event since 2007, a highly skilled and committed back room staff are
Cricket Ireland is seeking to recruit an experienced, self-motivated and enthusiastic Assistant Head Coach
combined with National Fast Bowling Lead, to optimise the potential and performance of Ireland
international cricketers. Initially on a 3-year fixed term contract, the position reports into the National Men’s
Head Coach, is headquartered in North Dublin, but the nature of the role demands a national brief across
both sides of the border as well as significant time travelling overseas.
PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
The Assistant Head Coach and Fast Bowling Lead will be responsible for supporting the National Men’s Head
Coach in the preparation, development and performance of the senior men’s performance squad. They will
also be jointly responsible for the development of Cricket Ireland’s emerging and youth fast bowlers within
the male and female player development programmes. This may include, but not limited to CI national youth
team players, national academy players and inter-provincial players, and will be aimed primarily towards the
CI player succession plan.
The position will assist the National Men’s and Women’s Head Coach, National Academy and Performance
Manager, Performance Coach, National Youth Head Coaches in the identification of key bowling objectives
that feed into player Individual Performance Plans (IPPs); and will be responsible for monitoring progress
against these objectives.
IRELAND MEN’S SENIOR TEAM:
Assist the Men’s National Head Coach with the delivery of coaching programmes for training,
preparation and playing, both on and off the field, for the men’s senior performance squad.
Plan and execute training sessions for the national squad as required by the National Head Coach.
Provide hands-on technical coaching expertise by conducting training sessions to ensure the highest
level of player performance is achieved and maintained.
Provide individual player coaching on demand and as directed by the National Head Coach.
Communicate and feedback to the National Head Coach on players and their development.
Input to the senior team coaching group in terms of planning for all senior player programmes.
Support the National Head Coach in undertaking appraisals with men’s national contracted players.
Undertake end of tour/trip reviews with the National Head Coach and Performance Director.
Perform and comply with all player/coach obligations described in the ICC Code of Conduct and
Player’s Handbook which may be updated from time to time.
Coordinate the effective use of the Athlete Management System, logging player workloads,
uploading video content of bowlers, and inputting to IPP’s.
IRELAND WOLVES and NATIONAL ACADEMY:
Support the National Academy and Performance Manager and Performance Coach with regard to
the fast bowlers in the National Academy programme.
Undertake a senior coaching role with the Ireland Wolves team when available and as required by
the National Head Coach, which may involve camps and competition programmes both home and
Report to the Elite Coaching Group and National Selectors as and when requested to do so by the
National Academy and Performance Manager or National Head Coach.
Attend and participate in social functions and promotional events, as required by the Head Coach or
FAST BOWLING COACHING:
Prepare and deliver specialist fast bowling programmes for players in the elite pathway.
Undertake tour-specific scouting of opposition bowlers, employing the use of the Performance
Analyst as required:
o Detailed analysis with Head Coach of prevailing conditions – heat, pitch, ground, climate, ball
o Detailed analysis of each batsman to be encountered
o Generic bowling plans for the team, per batsman
o Individual plans for each bowler, per batsman
o Presentation to team if required
o Assist in preparation of batsmen scouting opposition bowlers
Undertake one-on-one coaching of identified players.
Observe elite bowlers in elite competitions as advised by the National Academy and Performance
Manager, Performance Coach and/or National Head Coach.
Provide support as a specialist fast bowling coach to the Women’s Performance Squad, National
Academy programme and Ireland under-age programme.
Develop and monitor bowling objectives and KPI’s for inclusion in Individual Performance Plans.
Assist in scouting talented bowlers in cooperation with the National Head Men’s and Women’s
Coaches, National Academy Manager and Performance Coach.
Develop positive and strong working relationships, and work closely with other specialist coaches,
Inter-Provincial Head Coaches and National Coaches.
Provide bowling drill coaching and warm up support in above environments.
Apply and monitor accepted fast bowling guidelines to players IPPs.
Apply safe bowling practices, identify and minimise risk factors for young bowlers.
Work closely with the Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach and Lead Physiotherapist in applying
appropriate strength and conditioning principles relevant to safe fast bowling.
Support and advise the Coach Development Manager in ensuring consistent fast bowling coaching
methods are being deployed throughout education courses and workshops, and from time to time
deliver sessions on such courses.
Provide measures for determining the success of team and individual player bowling programmes
Establish a close working relationship with the performance support staff (performance director,
team operations manager, performance analyst, strength and conditioning coach, lead
physiotherapist and consultant performance psychologist) and National Academy staff.
Develop effective working relationships with the Inter-Provincial teams, drawing on the expertise
and experience of head coaches from around the country, and supporting them.
Foster positive relationships with other coaches, players, administrators and selectors.
Ensure regular communication with coaches, selectors and players.
Any further tasks as directed by the Men’s Head Coach or Performance Director.
Coached for a significant period at first-class level
Track record of success at first-class level achieved over an extended period of time.
Experience as a Bowling Coach at an elite level
Accredited ECB Level 3 Performance Coach (or equivalent)
Successful record in high performance planning and monitoring, as well as designing and
implementing player development plans and programmes in elite environments.
Irish/International Driving License
Must be legally entitled to work in the Republic of Ireland
International coaching experience
International playing experience
International experience as a fast bowler at an elite level
Track record at international level achieved
Hold a minimum ECB Level 4 Master Coach qualification (or equivalent)
A Degree (or equivalent) in sport, sports science or coaching
The selection panel reserves the right to consider Desirable Criteria during the short-listing process should
candidates remain on an equal footing using simply Essential Criteria
Qualifications to generate, direct and manage the implementation of cutting edge bowling coaching
solutions and programmes
Able to communicate effectively with players and coaches
Understanding of the learning process and training principles
Understanding various coaching styles
Understanding long term player (athlete) development and related models
Understanding the causes and recognises the symptoms of over training
Understanding of how to reduce the risk of injury to players
Able to prepare training programmes to meet the needs of each player
Able to use evaluation tests to monitor training progress and predict performance
Able to advise players on relaxation, visualisation and mental imagery skills
Able to evaluate the players tactical and competition performance
Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment
Understand biomechanical analysis principles and apply knowledge
Strong technical knowledge of all facets of the game of cricket
Competent in the use of current Microsoft Office Suite products particularly Outlook, Word, Excel
and Powerpoint, and associated video capture/analysis software.
Driven to achieve results (competitive, will to win)
Selfless – puts the team first – is not driven by ego
Passion (enthusiastic and energetic)
Positive under pressure (confident, optimistic, and stable)
Attention to detail (diligent and precise approach to improving performance)
Able to give constructive and “tough” feedback individually and collectively – challenging, positive
High speed learning (identifies new areas for learning, taking advantage of learning opportunities,
using newly gained knowledge on the job)
Must be able to travel and balance work/life priorities
A flexible attitude to working, willing to work evenings and weekends, understands cricket is a
National Men’s Head Coach
National Academy and Performance Coach
International Teams Administration Manager
Support staff: Team Operations Manager, Performance Analyst; Strength and Conditioning Coach;
All consultants – Lead Physiotherapist; Performance Psychologist; Nutritionist
Chairman of Selectors and national selectors
Inter-Provincial Head Coaches
National Women’s Head Coach
National Youth Head Coaches
Cricket Operations Manager
CI Cricket Committee
ICC High Performance Manager
The package will include a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience,
and include healthcare, a company car or car allowance, laptop and mobile smart phone.
The closing date for applications will be latest Sunday 9th April 2017, 5pm local time.
A full CV and detailed covering letter should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with
the subject title ‘Assistant Head Coach’ and will be confidential.
Interviews will be held in Dublin on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th April.