Trent Johnston will remain at the heart of Irish cricket after accepting a new dual role that will see him take charge of the Ireland women’s team and also become fast-bowling coach at the recently-formed National Academy.
The 39-year-old called time on a glittering 198-cap international career on Friday when he lifted the ICC InterContinental Cup - his 12th title in a glorious ten-year span that also saw him feature in two World Cups and three World T20s.
“It’s very exciting and a great honour to be given these new challenges by Cricket Ireland,” said Johnston, who takes over the women’s role from his great friend Jeremy Bray.
“It’s certainly a new chapter in my life and one I’m looking forward to immensely.”
“I’m on a two-year deal to coach the Ireland Women, and it’ll be a baptism of fire as we’re taking part in a tri-series in Qatar in January with Full Members South Africa and Pakistan.
“That’s followed by Ireland’s first T20 finals in Bangladesh.
“It’s going to be tough because we’ll be the only Associate Member there - but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“The Qatar series will be ideal preparation for Bangladesh. It’ll let me get my feet under the table and get to know the squad.
“I’ve worked with most of them before but this is different in that I’ll be Head Coach this time around and I’ll have ultimate responsibility. I’ll enjoy that and hopefully in time I’ll get them playing the brand of cricket that I’ve played.”
Johnston has also been charged with moulding the next generation of Ireland pace bowlers with his part-time appointment as National Academy Fast Bowling coach.
“It’s a great job fit for me and it’ll be great helping shape the future of Irish cricket,” he said.
“I had discussions with Richard Holdsworth and National Academy Manager Craig Hogan and they were both keen to keep me involved with this side, passing on my knowledge and experience. I’m going to be busy as I’m also keeping my role as Leinster Lightning coach.”