Sydney Thunder has announced that Paddy Upton will leave the club following are review of its BBL High Performance Programme.
Upton departs after four seasons as Head Coach, which included winning the KFC Big Bash League in BBL|05.
“Paddy has been a very important part of Sydney Thunder and the history of our club,” said Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon.
“He is synonymous with the very human attributes that people associate with Sydney Thunder and I would like to thank him for his significant contributions to the club.
“His work over the past four seasons puts our BBL side in a strong position moving forward as we look to develop the best young players from our region.
“Following a comprehensive review of our playing roster, facilities and support staff the club will now work with Cricket NSW to deliver a strategy to maximise our player pathways specifically for T20 cricket.
“Part of this strategy will include an extended T20 preparation phase and will also be focussed on providing elite athletes for both the BBL and WBBL.”
Paddy Upton thanked the club and its members for their support over the past four seasons.
“It was a real privilege to have the opportunity to coach Thunder as they sought to move off the bottom of the table in 2013, and to grow with the team over the next four years,” said Upton.
“It’s been an awesome journey with a team of quality individuals, class-A support staff, and of course, a journey made possible by so many really loyal fans out there.
“A special thanks to those fans who continue to travel great distances to support and connect with us. I wish Thunder well as they begin their next chapter under new leadership.”
Sydney Thunder missed out on finals by two points in BBL|07, with four wins and six losses from its ten games.