January 14, 2000

Hampshire sign Jimmy Cook as new coach

Hampshire have appointed the 46 year old former South African opening batsman Jimmy Cook as their new First Eleven County Coach on a three-year contract.

He will take up his duties in early March, stepping down as South Africa's National Director of Coaching, a position he has held for the last year.

He was a prolific run scorer with Somerset for three seasons from 1989 and after a distinguished playing career with Gauteng - formerly Transvaal - which spanned more than two decades, he spent five years coaching the South African province.

"The untimely death of our previous coach Malcolm Marshall leaves his successor with a difficult act to follow," says Hampshire's Chief Executive Tony Baker.

"We had a good many interesting, high-calibre applicants and in Jimmy Cook we believe we have appointed the ideal man. He has always wanted to coach an English County side and his record as a player and coach speaks for itself."

"He is highly regarded within the game throughout the world and we are delighted that he is joining Hampshire."