Gary Wilson to take up new Cricket Ireland role
The NWCU can confirm that Warriors Head Coach Gary Wilson has been named as the new Ireland High Performance Batting and Wicketkeeping Coach, a role that will see him leave his current North West Warriors position with immediate effect.
Gary has made a huge impression in his one year in the North West, culminating in the North West Warriors winning the Interprovincial T20 series last season.
It wasn’t just for his elite coaching skills that Wilson has earned the plaudits here, but also the pathway process that he has managed in the past 12 months. Underage cricket and the development opportunities between the age groups have been completely restructured and it is little surprise that Cricket Ireland have sought out his expertise.
Speaking earlier today the former Ireland wicketkeeper/batsman said that he had thoroughly enjoyed his time in the North West:
“I would like to say a sincere thank you to the NWCU, the board and Peter McCartney for giving me the opportunity to coach the Warriors. I think we have made some great strides both on and off the pitch over the last year and whilst I’m sad to be leaving I know the organisation will continue to grow.”
“The people of the North West are what makes the game special in the area and from the minute I took the job I can say I only encountered passionate people that love their cricket who were only willing to do whatever they could to help, often for nothing in return. To them I would also like to say thank you.
I will continue to follow the Warriors and youth teams’ progress and look forward to them building on the success of last year”
NWCU General Manager, Peter McCartney, paid tribute to the man he went out of his way to bring to Bready:
“Gary has made a significant impact during his time with the NWCU and it’s testament to his success that he leaves us to take up a senior coaching role at national level.”
“From day one he impressed everyone with his desire to improve not only the Warriors Senior team but also our pathway structure and we are in an excellent place going forward. On behalf of everyone in the NWCU, I’d like to wish him nothing but success in his new role and I’ve no doubt he will continue to have a major contribution to cricket in this country.”
“We are very fortunate to have someone of the quality of Boyd Rankin to continue as Interim Head Coach and along with William Porterfield they have done an excellent job as part of our coaching team.”
The NWCU confirm that they will shortly advertise for the position of Warriors Head Coach and Pathway Manager.