Tim Cruickshank has been officially appointed as the new Manly Warringah Waratahs head coach for the upcoming 2018/19 season.
He replaces Shawn Bradstreet who has decided to step away from the head coach role after 5 years at the helm.
A passionate club member since his debut as a player in 1997, Cruickshank holds the record for the most amount of runs in the clubs history with over 10,502.
He had a successful career with the NSW Blues until retiring from all forms of cricket after leading our 1st grade side to premiership glory in the 2014/15 season.
Tim has been a member of our coaching structure for a number of years now, including positions as our PGs coach and batting coach. He takes on the role with the full support of the board and the departing coach Bradstreet.
We are confident he will have the support of our playing group, and is a very well respected figure right across Cricket NSW.
“It’s an exciting time for the club” said Cruickshank. “It’s been an extremely successful period under Shawn so the catalyst is there to continue our culture for success”
“We have an amazing crop of young talent making their way through the ranks who now have the opportunity to put their own footprint on our great club.
“The club is part of who I am, so I am excited to be given this responsibility. It means a lot to me as a person to be held in this regard by the club.
“Our support structures are second to none, I am very lucky to have great coaching staff around me and I can already feel their passion in initial conversations I have had.
“I want all the players to experience the same culture I was lucky enough to be part of in my playing days. A sense of ‘brothership’, integrity and most importantly playing with as much enjoyment as possible – on and off the field.”
Tim will continue to be supported by Phil “Skid” Marks as the club assistant coach. It is once again a great asset to have someone of Skid’s ilk at our club.
Bradstreet has stepped away after 5 years as the Head Coach. It has been 5 years of continued success and a period which we are immensely proud of. Tim will be looking to continue that success with his appointment.