Australia news April 15, 2011

Coyle re-appointed Tasmania coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tim Coyle will continue as head coach of Tasmania for two more years, after their board extended his contract till the end of the 2012-2013 season.

Coyle has been in the role since 2005, and has been involved with Tasmania cricket since 2000; first as game development manager (2000-2002) and then as wicketkeeping coach (2002-2005). In his six years as head coach, Coyle has guided Tasmania to two one-day titles and two Sheffield Shield titles, including the 2010-2011 title.

There will be a separate coach announced for the new city-based Twenty20 team Hobart Hurricanes, but Coyle will oversee the coaching of the team. Hobart Hurricanes will participate in the revamped version of the Big Bash.

Cricket Tasmania chairman Tony Harrison said Coyle was re-appointed on the basis of the successes the team has had under him and the way he had managed to develop young talent. "Tim is the outstanding coach in Australian cricket and his achievements over the past six years have been exceptional," Harrison said. "The positive progress and particularly the significant development of our young players has encouraged Cricket Tasmania to re-appoint Tim."