Former Australian cricketer Julia Price will become the first female BBL coach when she joins the Brisbane Heat’s coaching staff in January.
Price will work alongside former Australian coach Darren Lehmann and James Hopes as the Heat target their second BBL victory.
Lehmann revealed Price’s appointment during the WBBL Final broadcast on Sunday afternoon.
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“I’m pretty excited about that I have to admit,” Price said on Seven’s broadcast.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to be around the guys and seeing how they do it differently to what the girls do.
Julia Price has previously coached the Hobart Hurricanes WBBL team.Source:News Corp Australia
“Having been in the Hurricanes set-up for the WBBL, it will be interesting to see how the BBL does it.
“I had a bit to do with the Hurricanes boys but this will be a completely different level now … I can learn off both the players and the coaching staff.”
Lehmann spoke highly of Price, who will replace former Test paceman Ryan Harris when he departs for U19 Men’s World Cup coaching duties.
“She has an excellent cricket brain and plenty of experience as a head coach, so I can see her fitting quite neatly into our set-up,” Lehmann said.
“We knew we had Ryan Harris with us for the start of the BBL before he goes to the U19 World Cup, but there was still a position available for us to fill on the coaching staff and we thought this was a great chance to innovate and think outside the box.
“I’m pleased the Heat have been able to go in a direction that we haven’t seen yet in the BBL in having a woman on the coaching staff, but I don’t believe it will be the last time it happens either.”
Darren Lehmann is Head Coach of the Hobart Hurricanes.Source:News Corp Australia
Price played ten Test matches and 84 ODIs for Australia after making her debut in 1996. She scored 479 runs and took catches 90 catches during her nine-year stint as Australia’s wicketkeeper.
The 47-year-old has previously coached the Hobart Hurricanes WBBL team, Tasmania’s WNCL team and the USA Women’s cricket team.
The Brisbane Heat’s first match in BBL09 is at home against the Sydney Thunder on Tuesday, December 17.