Mike Hesson appointed Kenya coach

Mike Hesson, the former Otago Volts and New Zealand A coach, has been appointed as the new coach of the Kenyan national team for a two-year term.

Chief Executive Tom Sears said, ‘We are delighted to have secured Mike’s services, he has an excellent record of developing players and successful teams, he has worked at the highest level with some of the best players in the game and throughout the selection process demonstrated a real desire and clear vision to take our national team forward. He comes highly recommended and as well as being a highly skilled technical coach is an excellent communicator, something crucial to the role.’

Mike Hesson said, ‘Being appointed the Kenyan National Coach is a real honour. Having spoken with Cricket Kenya key stakeholders during the selection process I was stimulated by the passion shown to drive Cricket Kenya forward. I am very much looking forward to this exciting new coaching opportunity and working with the undoubted talent there is within Kenya.”

Hesson is widely regarded as one of the best young coaches in the game and has been involved in coaching New Zealand “A” and “Emerging Players”.

Hesson has assisted the New Zealand national team as a specialist batting coach and has also spent time with English County side Gloucestershire as an assistant coach.

Hesson, 36, will fill the position vacated by Eldine Baptiste, who had stepped down after Kenya’s poor 2011 World Cup campaign.

Hesson will arrive in Nairobi in time for the upcoming Intercontinental Cup match against the United Arab Emirates.

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