Wade Seccombe appointed coach of Queensland

New coach of Queensland Wade Seccombe Queensland Cricket

Former Queensland wicketkeeper Wade Seccombe has been appointed as the state's new coach after his predecessor Phil Jaques last month announced he was returning to New South Wales.

Seccombe played 115 first-class matches until his retirement in 2005 and was Queensland's all-time leader for wicketkeeping dismissals across all formats until overtaken last summer by Chris Hartley. He also toured England with Australia's Ashes squad in 2001 as the backup gloveman to Adam Gilchrist.

Since his retirement as a player, Seccombe has served as Queensland Youth coach, as an assistant coach to Darren Lehmann at Queensland and the Brisbane Heat, and was called into national service as Australia's fielding coach on their 2011 tour of Bangladesh. Last year, Seccombe was appointed to the Queensland Cricket board, a position from which he has stepped down to take on the coaching role.

"Wade had an enviable record and gilt-edged reputation as a player, for his skill level as an individual and his dedication to the team environment," Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters said. "After his playing career finished, he made the decision to establish himself in business where again, he has been successful.

"Phil Jaques and his coaching and support staff have put in a significant amount of work to lay the foundations for the future and I am sure the players will appreciate that effort when Wade takes on the role as head coach in a few weeks."