What our coaches say

Hear from some of our coaches below.  Do you have your own coaching story? Get in touch today at coachsupport@nzc.nz.

“Why do you coach”? “Well, because my son asked me to”.

"The development of players and the impact that has on building a team is a big reason why I love coaching.  Each player will be on a different path depending on their individual circumstances so I learnt to make it fun (which, most importantly, made it enjoyable for me).  I’ve found that when the kids are developing and having fun, the results generally take care of themselves.

There is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” in coaching, so tapping into various resources, and learning how other coaches go about things is important in terms of being able to remain relevant to participants of all walks of life. Coaching is more about learning than teaching; it’s a journey rather than a destination – and very much a two-way street.”

Simon Gianotti
Community Coach from Wellington

Watch the NZC Coach development team's time with the Black Caps Coaches. The conversation will be focused on what community coaches can learn from the Black Caps coaches. There was opportunities for coaches on the webinars to ask questions directly to the BC coaches. See below for the full schedule along with registration links.

Luke Ronchi with Toby Doyle

Shane Jurgenson with Mark Borthwick

Gary Stead with Dave Keelty

Watch the summary and reflection call, where we will invite some community coaches on to share their thoughts and feedback on what they’ve heard with Toby Doyle, Mark Borthwick and Dave Keelty.

Hear from BLACKCAP Coaches Glen Pocknall and Graeme Aldridge as they sat down with Community Coach Development Manager Dave Keelty about their coaching experiences from the recent tour to Bangladesh, as well as their reflections from their coaching journey so far.

Watch Webinar

Hear from WHITE FERN Coach Bob Carter as he sat down with Community Coach Development Manager Dave Keelty and Mark Borthwick about his coaching experiences from the recent tour to England, as well as his reflections from his coaching journey so far.

Watch Webinar


"Whether a first-timer helping out at your local school or club, or alongside the BLACKCAPS or WHITE FERNS, we all have the opportunity to have a positive influence on the individuals we coach. 

As coaches, we can have a valuable impact on our New Zealand cricketers of the future — whether by assisting with fundamental skills, allowing them to learn by providing a variety of experiences, or by instilling in them a passion and love for the game. I wish you well in your future coaching endeavours, at whatever level that may be."

Mike Hesson
Previous BLACKCAPS Coach

"I’ve loved being part of the WHITE FERNS again, this time as a coach.  I always wanted to coach internationally so that was always in the back of my mind when I was playing. When I first started coaching I spent a lot of time at community level and involved in schools. 

From there I progressed onto coaching age group regional representative teams, which helped me reach where I am today, coaching the WHITE FERNS. Coaching is so different than playing on so many levels. Learning to express yourself so that all players, rather just some, can access the options and resources available to them, is a challenge but a hugely satisfying one."

Haidee Tiffen
Previous WHITE FERNS Coach



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