Cricket Tasmania will not have a head coach for both their men’s and Big Bash teams after Adam Griffith resigned today, effectively immediately.
Griffith had recently transitioned to a broader role as director of coaching in Tasmania, but retained the top position with the Hurricanes, leading them to the BBL final for the fourth time in their last five seasons last week.
But having failed to make the opening game of the finals for the third year in a row, Griffith has resigned from his dual role as of today.
The Tigers senior men’s team has not had a full-time head coach all season, with Ali De Winter and Greg Shipperd helping the squad on an interim basis after Jeff Vaughan accepted a role as an assistant coach with the national men’s team.
Cricket.com.au understands South African Russell Domingo lined up to take on the role of Tasmania’s head coach last year, but the deal fell through at the last minute.
Griffith, who has worked with the national team in the past and held high profile coaching roles in the Indian Premier League, most notably with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, said he looks forward to further coaching opportunities in the future.
“My two main focuses have always been to win and produce Australian players,” he said in a statement.
“There have been several players from both the Tigers and Hurricanes men’s programs selected for Australia over the past five years, and hopefully more to come.
“While we have made it to several finals in both programs, we have not won the trophies the Tasmanian fans deserve and so I think the time is right for a new hand to help write the next chapters.
“I am immensely grateful to the board—particularly Andrew Gaggin and David Boon—and former CEO Nick Cummins for giving me the opportunity to come home and coach the state I love and have for I will always be grateful for the lessons I have learned from my coaching and the many wonderful life experiences I have had along the way.
“I still have a strong passion for coaching and look forward to the opportunities ahead. This is not the end of my coaching journey, but in the short term and after a few very challenging years it is time to focus again my young family and repay the endless sacrifices they have made for me.”
While Tasmania and the Hurricanes have made it to the finals in all three competitions during Griffith’s tenure, they have not won a trophy since 2013 and remain one of only two teams (along with the Melbourne Stars) to never win the Big Bash.
Cricket Tasmania chairman, Andrew Gaggin, praised Griffith’s contribution, noting the development of Riley Meredith, Ben McDermott and Nathan Ellis during his time in the role.
“When you leave a role like this, you hope you left the programs in a better condition than when you started,” Gaggin said.
“Adam absolutely did and his legacy will be felt for many years to come.”
High Performance Cricket Tasmania General Manager Simon Insley said the search for a new senior coach would begin soon.
“We will continue our existing process for a permanent position as Head Coach of the male Tasmanian Tigers program while looking at what the Hurricanes program requires to give the team the best chance of success going forward,” said Insley .
“We are committed to meeting by the time the players leave for their winter break to ensure we are well planned for the next Men’s Big Bash season.”