County News - Somerset November 19, 2004

Shine's new role at Taunton

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Kevin Shine: going up in the world © Getty Images
Kevin Shine, Somerset's head coach, is to take up a new role as director of development and coaching, with special responsibility for the ECB's regional academy based at Taunton.

Shine, 35, had previously been in charge of Somerset's first team since 2001, and led them to back-to-back C&G Trophy finals in his first two years, but they have struggled more recently and only Derbyshire and Scotland finished beneath them in Division Two of the National League in 2004.

Roy Kerslake, Somerset's president, said: "The club will be able to make full use of Kevin's technical skills, which are his acknowledged strengths. He is now one of the highest qualified bowling coaches in the country [he is one very few level-four ECB-qualified coaches], and he will be responsible for all coaching matters in the academy, including coach education and one-to-one sessions with the professional staff and leading youth players."

Mark Garaway, 31, who has been looking after the Somerset second team and the academy, will take over as first-team coach. Peter Anderson, chief executive at Taunton, was upbeat about the appointment: "Mark, having coached the winning 2nd XI Championship team, has a strong relationship with our players, most of whom he has [already] worked with."

Andy Hurry will continue to help both Shine and Garaway in providing fitness training and general coaching duties to the two main teams and the academy side.