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Our Coaches

Our Coaches

Stephen Fleming – Head Coach


Stephen Fleming is widely regarded as New Zealand’s most successful Captain, an excellent leader and a brilliant cricket mind. His aggressive captaincy and field placements were renowned for restricting opposition sides to low scores.

Known for his astute tactical abilities, he is New Zealand's second-most capped test player with 111 test appearances, longest-serving and most successful captain, having led the side to 28 victories.

Fleming has been involved with Indian Premier League (IPL) club the Chennai Super Kings since the IPL’s inception. In 2008, Fleming was contracted as a player before being appointed Head Coach of the Chennai Super Kings in 2009.

Fleming has enjoyed much success in his role as Head Coach at CSK by winning two IPL championships and the coveted Champions League Tournament. In 2014 the Chennai Super Kings renewed his contract as Head Coach until 2016.

Stephen Fleming has been appointed as Head Coach of the Melbourne Stars on a multi-year contract.

Commendations:

New Zealand Captain 1997-2007
Nottinghamshire Captain 2004-2007
Channai Super Kings Head Coach 2009 – ongoing
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (2011) for services to cricket


David Hemp – Women’s Head Coach


Former Bermuda and Glamorgan captain David Hemp will take the reins at the Melbourne Stars for the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League.

Earlier in the year, Hemp was also appointed coach of the Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit coach for the next two seasons.

Hemp played 271 first-class matches and scored over 15,000 runs for Glamorgan, Free State and Warwickshire, while also representing Bermuda in 22 one-day internationals from 2006 to 2009.

Hemp is a qualified level four coach who has had a coaching role with Australia's team for cricketers with an intellectual disability, Premier Cricket’s Prahran and was the director of coaching at Scotch College.


Trent Woodhill – Men’s Assistant Coach


Assistant coach Trent Woodhill will brings his rich experience as a batting and fielding expert to the Melbourne Stars. Woodhill is well credentialed holding roles at the Delhi Daredevils, Cricket NSW, New Zealand Cricket and currently the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.


Dulip Samaraweera – Women’s Assistant Coach


Dulip Samaraweera is a former international Test and ODI player for Sri Lanka, where he also spent 13 years playing first-class cricket. Samaraweera has coached in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Stars. Samaraweera is also batting coach for the VicSpirit.


Mick Lewis – Men’s Bowling Coach


Former Australian fast bowler Mick Lewis made his first-class debut as a 25-year-old. His fast, accurate bowling together with his aggressive attitude helped him establish himself as a ‘late bloomer’ on the big stages, including seven one-day and two Twenty20 internationals for Australia. Lewis’ bowling experience and wealth of knowledge is instrumental to the Stars’ attack.


Andy Lee – Chief Hydration Officer


Andy Lee returns to the Melbourne Stars in the vital role of Chief Hydration Officer. Lee’s ability to run drinks with intent and successfully monitor our players’ hydration will again be invaluable to the Stars. He will play a vital role in ensuring our players keep hydrated to give the team the winning edge over our BBL rivals.


Seb Mather – Women’s Strength and Conditioning Coach


Seb Mather has worked with the VicSpirit prior to commencing his role with the Stars. Mather will create individual strength and conditioning programs for players as well as running recovery sessions post WBBL matches to ensure players are prepared for the next game.


Adrian Mott – Men’s Strength and Conditioning Coach


A former Stawell gift winner and gifted athlete, Mott has worked with the Melbourne Stars since their inception and also holds a full time position with the Victorian Bushrangers as Head of Strength and Conditioning. Earlier this year, Mott worked with the Australia A team in the UK in a similar S&C role.


Russell Radhakrishan – Men’s Team Manager


Russell Radhakrishan will take on the role of Team Manager for the Melbourne Stars in BBL|05. A highly skilled and organised manager, Russell has great experience in this field. Under Stephen Fleming, Radhakrishan has team managed the Indian Premier League’s Chennai Super Kings, since 2008. Prior to this he worked for the BCCI as a team coordinator and travel manager. Radhakrishan has also worked and built connections with the West Indies, Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.


Alicia Rayner – Women’s Physiotherapist


Rayner comes to the Stars as the physiotherapist for the women’s side. She is currently the physio for the VicSpirit and her expertise will be essential in keeping the players healthy and fit over the WBBL|01 season.


Tommy Simsek – Men’s Physiotherapist


Former Sri Lankan cricket team physiotherapist Tommy Simsek joins the Melbourne Stars in BBL|05. The Melbournian also works with the Indian Premier League’s Chennai Super Kings. Having played professional football in Australia, Simsek’s wealth of sport knowledge and physio experience will be invaluable in keeping Stars players fit this season.


Craig White – Team Analyst


Craig White returns to the Melbourne Stars as the Team Analyst for BBL|05 and will play an important role in supplying statistics to the players and head coach, Stephen Fleming. White has worked with the Victorian Bushrangers for several years and is Cricket Victoria’s Special Projects Officer. He has also been involved in two Champions League T20 campaigns in a similar position.