CIYMS have become the latest NCU club to appoint a head coach.
The 2012 Premier League winners have named former Western Australia cricketer Bret Mulder as the man who will take charge of all their coaching sessions in the 2014 season.
Mulder’s appointment follows the announcement earlier this week that Uel Graham, the former Ireland all-rounder, has taken over the head coach’s role at newly-promoted Muckamore. Waringstown, last year’s double winners, last month appointed Simon Johnston as their coach.
Mulder’s appointment is particularly eye-catching. He played 25 times in first-class cricket for Western Australia as a spin bowler. He boasts a particularly impressive coaching pedigree having been senior spin coach for 12 years at Western Australia and Danish national coach for the last three seasons. Mulder holds a Cricket Australia Representative Coach Accreditation.
Mulder’s 18-year-old son Jacob is returning to Belmont with his father, after having been selected for Western Australia Under 19 and made his first grade debut in the Perth league.
A CIYMS spokesman said: “We had a lot of applications for the post from overseas, and we are delighted that Bret has decided to take on the role. It shows our commitment to the development of our club, particularly the junior section which now has in the region of 175 members.
“Bret has coached at the highest level and he will build on the work that our coaches have done over the last number of years which has culminated in eight players having been selected in the NCU Underage Regional Development squads. He will also work with all our senior teams. It is an exciting time for the club with a thriving youth section and the addition of a 5th XI this year for the first time in our history.”
CI have also confirmed that Zimbabwean all-rounder Ryan Butterworth, a key member of the 2012 title-winning side, will be returning to Belmont this summer after a season at Terenure in Leinster.
Waringstown have announced that Ireland under-19 star James McCollum has joined the club from Lurgan. The 18-year-old paid tribute to Lurgan’s influence as he made the switch to The Lawn.
“I would thank everyone at Lurgan for what they’ve done for my development,” he said.
“I was faced with a decision about whether to try and take my cricket to the next level and to do that I feel I need to be playing Premier League cricket.”