Cricket Tasmania is without a head coach for both their men’s state and Big Bash teams after Adam Griffith resigned today, effectively immediately.
Griffith had recently moved to a broader Director of Coaching role in Tasmania but retained the top job with the Hurricanes and last week guided them into the BBL finals for the fourth time in their past five seasons.
But having not made it past the opening game of the finals for the third year in a row, Griffith has resigned his dual roles as of today.
The Tigers senior men’s team has been without a full-time head coach all season, with Ali De Winter and Greg Shipperd helping the side on an interim basis after Jeff Vaughan accepted an assistant coach role with the national men’s team.
Cricket.com.au understands South African Russell Domingo had been 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, notably at the Royal Challengers Bangalore, said he is looking forward to further coaching opportunities in the future.
“My two main focusses have always been to win and produce Australian players,” he said in a statement.
“There have been several players from both the men’s Tigers and Hurricanes programs who have been selected for Australia during the last five years, and hopefully more to come.
“However, while making several finals across both programs, we have not won the trophies the Tasmanian fans deserve and therefore I feel the time is right for a new hand to help write the next chapters.
“I am extremely grateful to the board – in particular Andrew Gaggin and David Boon – as well as former-CEO Nick Cummins for providing me the opportunity to come home and coach the state that I love and played for. I will always be thankful for the lessons I have learned about my coaching and the many wonderful life experiences had along the way.
“I still have a strong passion for coaching and look forward to the opportunities that lay ahead. This isn’t the end of my coaching journey, but in the immediate term and off the back of a couple of very challenging years, it’s time to refocus on my young family and repay the endless sacrifices they have made for me.”
While Tasmania and the Hurricanes have made finals in all three competitions during Griffith’s tenure, they have not won a trophy since 2013 and remain one of just two teams (along with the Melbourne Stars) to never win the Big Bash.
Cricket Tasmania Chairman, Andrew Gaggin, praised Griffith’s contribution, pointing to the development of Riley Meredith, Ben McDermott and Nathan Ellis during his time in the role.
“When you depart a role like this you hope that you’ve left the programs in a better condition to when you began,” Gaggin said.
“Adam has absolutely done that, and his legacy will be felt for many years to come.”
Cricket Tasmania General Manager of High Performance, Simon Insley, said the search for a new senior coach would start soon.
“We will continue to work through our existing process for a permanent appointment to the Head Coach of the male Tasmanian Tigers program, while at the same time reviewing what the Hurricanes program requires to give the team the best chance of success in the future”, said Insley.
“We are committed to make an appointment by the time the players leave for their winter break to ensure we are well planned for the next men’s Big Bash season.”