HEAD COACH ANNOUNCEMENT
Dandenong Cricket Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Victorian cricket great Warren Ayres as head coach.
After a thorough process of advertising and then interviewing a group of quality candidates, the committee was unanimous in deciding Warren was the ideal person to take the club forward.
Warren, of course, led our club to the 2006-07 premiership during an eight-year term that began in the 2002-03 season.
Two years ago he coached Carlton to the premiership.
“Warren Ayres is one of the most respected figures in Victorian cricket and we’re thrilled he’ll be returning to Dandenong Cricket Club as senior coach,’’ president Gary Davidson said.
“His understanding of the game and the way he imparts his great knowledge of it have brought him great success as a coach at two Premier clubs.
“He has always been held in the highest regard at Dandenong.
“In fact much of the success we have enjoyed in the past 10 or so years has been based around the group of players that Warren helped nurture during his first appointment as coach.
“I’m certain all of our players will enjoy tapping into his vast experience.’’
Warren Ayres, a product of local club Springvale South, is Victorian District/Premier Cricket’s leading run scorer, with 15, 277 runs made at an average of 42.43, including 41 centuries and 73 half-centuries.
He played 270 matches for Melbourne, winning two Ryder Medals, and another 110 for Dandenong.
He also made 46 appearances for Victoria from 1987-88 and 1996-97, scoring 2611 runs and seven centuries.
Warren replaces Nick Speak, who was an outstanding servant of the club.
Nick’s four years took in a premiership, a White Ball title and the inaugural Victorian Super Slam crown.
“The club will always be appreciative of Nick’s work as senior coach and wishes him all the best for his future coaching endeavours,’’ Davidson said.
“I can remember a comment he made in the local press about him taking on the job because he thought he owed Dandenong something. Well we certainly owe him a lot for his efforts in the past four years. He’ll always be a Panthers premiership coach".
Dandenong will in due course announce assistant coaches to support Warren Ayres.
The Club welcomes home Warren Ayres and his family to Shepley Oval.