Haidee Tiffen, the former New Zealand allrounder, has been named the new coach of the New Zealand women's side. Tiffen has signed on as coach until the end of the 2017 Women's World Cup, after Hamish Barton stepped down from the position earlier this year.
Tiffen retired from international cricket after leading New Zealand to the final of the 2009 World Cup. She played 117 ODIs and remains second on the country's all-time run list behind Debbie Hockley.
"Haidee was a passionate and successful international player and has carried those qualities into her coaching career," New Zealand Cricket's head of cricket, Lindsay Crocker, said. "We're very pleased to have someone of her experience and familiarity with the landscape taking on this very important role."
Tiffen has previously served as an assistant coach with the Auckland Hearts and the White Ferns, and she will also step into the role of chief selector. Tiffen said she was excited to be returning to a key position with the national side.
"It feels like this team is a part of my DNA - I always had an ambition to coach it at some stage, and I'm thrilled that time has arrived," Tiffen said. "I'm a really proud Kiwi, and I'm excited to have the chance to work with, and help grow the games of, such a talented group of sportswomen."