Inaugural Sydney Thunder WBBL Head Coach Joanne Broadbent has decided to step down from the role ahead of the 2019 season.
One of the most successful cricket coaches in Australia, Broadbent coached the Thunder to the inaugural Rebel Women’s Big Bash League title in the same season the Thunder BBL took out BBL|05.
Broadbent will also step down from her coaching role at the NSW Breakers, where she has taken the side to six Women’s National Cricket League titles in seven years, including the past three in a row.
Both Thunder and Breakers claimed Team of the Year in 2016 at the annual NSW Sports Awards.
Broadbent was awarded an OAM for services to cricket last year, which included a career as a champion player with Australia before becoming a successful coach.
“A new era is beginning with the Breakers and the Sydney Thunder and I believe this creates a natural opportunity for me to step away,” Broadbent said.
“I feel I have done as much as I can to develop, challenge and inspire players and staff as the Breakers and Thunder Head Coach.
“This is a decision I have been contemplating for a while and I’m looking forward to some other challenges and opportunities that are on the horizon.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Breakers and the Thunder watching exciting young players mature into quality cricketers and fine female athletes.
“Winning WBBL|01 alongside our men’s team is one of my highlights, however seeing the growth in the players and staff are my proudest moments, which I reflect on regularly.
“I’d like to thank all the players and support staff for their commitment and wish them all the best for the future.”
Cricket NSW Chief Executive and former Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon thanked Broadbent for her exceptional service to Cricket in NSW.
“Joanne’s coaching record speaks for itself. Her success is unprecedented in Australian and world cricket,” Mr Germon said.
“Aside from winning tournaments, Jo has also assisted with the development of a number of players who have moved on to play for Australia in a variety of formats.
“During this time the Breakers have consistently provided five contracted Australian players.
“Following the professionalisation of the women’s game by Cricket NSW, Joanne was the first women’s coach in Australia to provide a full time professional program to players.
“She has an ability to bring together coaching and support staff to provide high quality training and support for players.
“Cricket NSW thanks Joanne for her enormous contribution and wishes her every success in the future.”