Trent Woodhill has been named new coach for Melbourne Stars for upcoming season of Women’s Big Bash League. The franchise made the announcement that Woodhill will take over David Hemp for this year’s competition. Previously, Woodhill served as a assistant coach with Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League. To add to that, he will maintain his role as manager for the franchise across men’s and women’s teams.
Initially, Former Australia opener Leah Poulton was dubbed as Hemp’s possible replacement in March. However, Leah Poulton quit the post and took the role of Head of Female Cricket at Cricket New South Wales, leaving the position vacant to be filled.
Trent Woodhill expressed his pleasure after being named as new head coach for Melbourne Star of upcoming season of Women’s Big Bash League. He stated that he has been the franchise for the past couple of years and knows the team environment in the dressing room. He said that he will do his best to make sure the franchise can turn their fortunes around after poor results in the previous WBBL seasons. Woodhill said that Melbourne Stars will need to increase their bench strength as the competition is going to get tougher this season.
He has worked with a lot of teams and participated in various T20 Leagues staged across the globe. In the Indian Premier League, Woodhill has worked with teams like Delhi Daredevils, and Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was served his time with Cricket New South Wales in 2008-09 and is contributed a lot to New Zealand Cricket.
Shaun Graf, Cricket Victoria General Manager said, “Trent Woodhill has been experienced campaigner in the coaching side of things and will bring knowledge to the table.” Graf stated that he is pleased that Woodhill as accepted his role as head coach of Melbourne Stars for upcoming WBBL season.