Greg Shipperd's long tenure as coach of Victoria will end with the Sheffield Shield final after Cricket Victoria decided not to extend his contract. Shipperd took over as the state's coach in January 2004 following the tragic death of his predecessor David Hookes, and he has steered Victoria to three Shield titles, with a fourth up for grabs against Western Australia over the next five days.
His tenure also brought one domestic one-day title and four Twenty20 triumphs before the introduction of the Big Bash League. During his 11 years in charge, 23 Victorians have also represented Australia. Cricket Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide said despite Shipperd's success, it was time for change.
"The Cricket Victoria board feel that even though Greg has been a tremendous coach and mentor over the 11 years he has been in charge, it is time for a new voice and fresh face to lead the state in the coming years," Dodemaide said. "Whilst we feel it is time for a fresh approach at the helm, it is absolutely appropriate to acknowledge Greg's outstanding contribution in the head coach role.
"This season, the Bushrangers have played interstate for eight of the nine completed matches, with the final also away, and to finish on top of the ladder is a huge testament to Greg, the players and his coaching staff. In the past few years, with a shift in strategic priorities at Cricket Victoria to focus on national representation, Greg has been at the forefront of pushing players to higher honours, with Victoria having more players selected in Australian teams than any other state last season."
Shipperd said he was sad to be finishing up as coach but was proud of his achievements.
"I'm satisfied with the success that we have had in my time as coach and hopeful we can add one more title over the coming days," Shipperd said. "I'm also very proud of the number of Australian players that we have produced over the last decade as well as developing fine leaders in Cameron White and the emerging Matthew Wade."