Kent County Cricket Club today unveiled an exciting new look team of coaching support staff. At the conclusion of a thorough selection process a new team will be in place for the start of the 2014 season.
Commenting on the news, Jimmy Adams – Head Coach, said, “I am really pleased with the team of support staff that we have assembled. They are all extremely experienced within their fields and will, I am sure, do much to help get the best from all our players as we continue our pursuit for team success”.
Speaking of his return to Kent, Matt Walker commented: “I am delighted to be returning to my roots. I cannot wait to get back to Kent and get started in helping the Club deliver some on field success. I would like to thank everyone at Essex for the support they have given me and I wish them well for the future. A return to my home Club is something I hoped for and I aim to help a talented group of players deliver what they are capable of.”
The new coaching team will take up their posts during February.
The Coaching Support Team is:
Matt Walker, Assistant Coach
Matt is well known to Cricket followers having enjoyed a nineteen year playing career, the majority of which were for Kent. As a player he scored 12197 first class runs, including 28 one hundreds, as well as holding the record for the highest individual Kent score at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence – 275 not out. He has been Assistant Coach at Essex County Cricket Club for the past three seasons.
Dan George, 1st Team Physio
Dan, who has been with the Club for nearly two years, takes over the physio duties from long time physio Nimmo Reid (who moves to oversee all club player science and medicine matters and running St Lawrence Clinic). In 2013 Dan was responsible for 2nd team physio requirements.
Michael Najdan, Analyst
Michael joins the Club from OPTA Sportsdata where he has been responsible for analysis of County Cricket and International matches. Previously he has worked for Cricket Australia, ESPN Star Sports and Notts County Football Club.
Jon Fortescue, Strength and Conditioning Coach
Jon is currently Head of Academy Sports Science at Wolverhampton Wonderers Football Club, having previously been Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Southampton Football Club. He has also worked with Surrey, Warwickshire and Hampshire in various Strength and Conditioning roles.