Gary Wilson Named Ireland Interim Assistant Coach
Cricket Ireland have announced that Gary Wilson has been given the role of senior men’s interim Assistant Coach on a 3-month secondment starting on 1 December. It’s an appointment that will see the Warriors Head Coach involved in next month’s trip to the USA and the series in the West Indies in January.
Wilson’s stock has continued to rise following a successful first year in the North West and this is a wonderful opportunity for him to add to an already impressive CV. Confirming the new role he said he was delighted to be given the opportunity and he was looking forward to a busy winter.
And while Gary is off on International duty, his North West responsibilities will be left in the very capable hands of Boyd Rankin. The former International pace bowler has been thriving in his own coaching role in the past 12 months and is seen as the perfect fit to ‘hold the fort’ for the next three months.
“I’m excited by the opportunity that has been presented and looking forward to the tour to the USA and Caribbean I’d also like to place on record my thanks to the North West for supporting me to work with Ireland” said Wilson.
“We are in an incredibly fortunate position to be able to call on Boyd to come in and I know it will be a seamless transition for both him and the squad.”
It’s a real opportunity for the Bready man as well of course and he too was looking forward to the challenge. Rankin expressed his excitement on the new role:
“I’m very excited to be taking over the North West Warriors Head Coach role in the interim. Since retiring in May I’ve become more involved with the Warriors coaching set up at all levels and I have really enjoyed helping to bring on the current and next generation of North West cricketers.”
“Hopefully my experience in international and county cricket can contribute to the continued development and progress of cricket here.”
General Manager Peter McCartney said that the NWCU were delighted at the opportunities presented to both men and wished them well in the roles.
“These are fantastic opportunities for both Gary and Boyd. For Gary it’s a chance to gain more experience at a higher level and to bring those learnings back to the Warriors. Similarly, for Boyd it’s an excellent opportunity for him as he progresses his coaching career in the North West.”