ICC Champions Trophy 2009 September 19, 2009

Power appointed West Indies women assistant coach

Former West Indies captain Stephanie Power has been appointed assistant West Indies coach under Sherwin Campbell for the team's upcoming series against South Africa and England. Power was confirmed in the post by the West Indies Women's Cricket Federation on Monday, just a few weeks before the players meet in Barbados for their pre-tour training camp on October 4.

West Indies leave on October 9 for South Africa, where they will play four ODIs and three Twenty20s. In November they play a home series against England.

Power retired from international cricket following the 2005 women's World Cup in South Africa, where West Indies were placed fifth. She retired as Trinidad & Tobago skipper less than a year later.

She is currently not only a Level II qualified coach, but a trainer for Level I and Level II coaches. Power said the assistant coach's post was a natural progression from being captain for T&T and West Indies.

"I feel honoured that they would consider me capable enough to be able to help Sherwin Campbell," Power told Trinidad & Tobago Express. "I feel honoured. It's like a natural progression from Trinidad and Tobago captain to West Indies captain to assistant coach, but I'm still happy that it has happened."

Power is hoping her experience in South Africa from that World Cup, as well as her time as a player will prove invaluable to the regional team.

"[I've experienced] the temperature, the conditions. My experience with coach education, going about and training people to be coaches, maybe I will be able to do what I've been preaching, to walk the talk."

Power, a physical education teacher, will leave Trinidad on Sunday to assist with a Level II course in Barbados, before the team join camp.

Power has also had coach assessment stints since last year in T&T, as well as Bermuda, Fort Lauderdale and New Jersey, USA this year.