New Season Heralds Significant Change
After coaching, virtually uninterrupted, since 2009, Alan Carter is stepping away from his role as Women’s coach at the Box Hill Cricket Club.
Alan’s record as a coach is peerless in Premier Women’s circles and he has set the benchmark for all coaches at other clubs to aspire to.
In another significant change for next season, current Men’s coach Richard Armstrong will move into the role of Women’s Coach. Richard has maintained a long-held ambition to coach at the highest possible level and felt that he could not turn his back on this opportunity.
“I would like to thank Alan for his many years of service to the club in both the Men’s and Women’s sections,” Club President Andrew Minter said.
“He is a 1st X1 premiership player, has coached both the men and women and has been recognised for his contribution with a Life Membership. He has served as a committee member for many years and is performing a valuable role currently as Vice President.
“Alan has been a passionate supporter of women’s cricket and is a respected member of the Women’s Premier Cricket Panel.
“On behalf of the BHCC, I thank him for his wonderful contribution to our Club and look forward to this continuing for many years to come.”
In accepting his new position, Richard wished to share the following thoughts, especially to members of the Men’s teams who will undoubtedly be disappointed to hear of his move.
“Based on my previous Premier coaching roles, I welcome the opportunity to coach our Women at Premier level. While I am looking forward to my new role I do so with great regret as I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching the Men over the past season,” he said.
“The character of the Men’s Playing Group & their willingness to embrace new ideas to improve their cricket has been a positive experience and a pleasure to witness.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to be involved at our Club where there are so many caring, supportive and selfless people who set a fine example of Club First in regard to their values.
“While undertaking my new role, I intend to have input into the Men’s cricket program through preseason training and regular in-season coaching sessions.
“I want to thank you all for your support and friendship throughout the past season, it has been very much appreciated.
The Club is now searching for a replacement for Richard, and we thank him for the assistance he is providing in this quest.