Canterbury Cricket is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Wiseman as Network Coach. Wiseman is an experienced coach working with Old Boys Collegians Cricket Club and St Andrew’s College locally and assists with the Durham County Cricket Club Academy and Second XI. He is best known in cricket for his career on the field playing first class cricket for Auckland, Canterbury and Otago and representing New Zealand at various times between 1998 and 2005. He boasts impressive career statistics taking 539 first class wickets including 73 for New Zealand.
The Network Coach role is funded by New Zealand Cricket and will be responsible for implementing and delivering a High Performance Programme to advance Canterbury’s NZC-identified age-group elite cricketers.
Wiseman’s main role will be to work with the 14 selected young players in the Canterbury Cricket Elite Player Development Programme. He will also assist Canterbury Wizards Coach Bob Carter and Canterbury Magicians Coach Stephen Cunis as well as having an involvement with the Canterbury B team, the Under 17 and 19 teams. He will also play a role in coach development in Canterbury.
"I am thrilled to have been appointed into this very exciting role and I understand there were very strong candidates in the process so I feel very privileged too. I see this position as a fantastic opportunity for me to give back to the game that has given me so much over so many years. I’m looking forward to getting back and working closely with the rest of the Canterbury coaching staff and of course the players with a focus on making Canterbury cricket leaders in all levels of the game" said Wiseman of his appointment.
“I believe having Paul involved with the development of our best up and coming talent is a major coup and he will contribute significantly to Canterbury Cricket’s coaching programmes. It is also important from my perspective that we are seeing past, successful players wanting to contribute to the continued success of Canterbury Cricket and the development of our best young players” said Canterbury Cricket CEO Lee Germon.
Director of Coaching & Development, Richard Hayward, Bob Carter, Lee Germon, NZC Elite Player Development Manager Cate Sexton and NZC Elite Coaching Manager John Wright formed the selection panel for this role.
Wiseman will join the Canterbury Cricket team on October 1st when he has finished the season both playing and coaching at the Durham County Cricket Club.