|Greg Shipperd – Head Coach
|With more than 20 years of coaching experience, Greg Shipperd is internationally regarded as one of the best cricket coaches in all forms of the game.
Shipperd began coaching in Tasmania before taking over as coach of the Victorian Bushrangers in 2004 – a position he still holds today. Shortly after taking the reigns, Shipperd led the Bushrangers to their first PURA Cup title in more than 10 years in 2004. His is considered across the globe as a T20 mastermind; this is highlighted by four Victorian T20 titles, two CLT20 campaigns and a four-year tenure at the helm of IPL powerhouse, the Delhi Daredevils.
A meticulous planner renowned for his tactical nous and strong rapport with his teams, Shipperd has a knack for getting the most out of his players and has overseen five Victorians being awarded Cricket Australia contracts and eight selections for Australian duty in the past year.
In his playing days, Shipperd was a top order batsman and played 15 seasons of first-class cricket for Western Australia and Tasmania. He also toured South Africa with the rebel Australian side from 1985-87.
Ian Chappell – Chairman of Selectors
Former Australian captain, Ian Chappell returns to the Melbourne Stars in BBL|03 as Chairman of Selectors, and also continues to hold his position on the Board. Integral in the construction of the list this season, Chappell brings esteemed cricketing intellect and knowledge, and will work closely with Head Coach, Greg Shipperd to build a plan to claim the silverware.
Sir Vivian Richards – Assistant Coach
The great Sir Vivian Richards returns to the Stars as an Assistant Coach in BBL|03, after being a Mentor to the team last season. The Master Blaster was widely regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen of all time in both long and short formats of the game, and was a lynchpin of the dominant West Indian team through the 1970s and 80s. Since working with the Stars in BBL|03 he has held coaching positions in the IPL with the Delhi Daredevils and the Caribbean Premier League.
Trent Woodhill – Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach, Woodhill brings rich experience as a batting and fielding expert to the Melbourne Stars. The squad will again benefit from his involvement after being involved as a fielding coach in BBL|02. The 42-year-old is well credentialed in this area holding an Assistant Coach role at the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL for several years, was appointed by Pakistan to help solve their perennial batting problems during June's Champions Trophy in England and was the New Zealand Blackcap’s Assistant Coach before he joined the Stars last year.
Mick Lewis – Bowling Coach
Former Australian fast bowler Mick Lewis will join the Melbourne Stars coaching panel as a new bowling coach in BBL|03. The 39-year-old returned to the Bushrangers as a bowling coach this year and is now welcomed to the Stars. Since making 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.
Brad Hodge - Batting Coach
Brad Hodge returns as a batting coach for the Stars in BBL|03, in addition to playing an integral role as player. He will be instrumental in building the teams batting plans and developing younger batsmen. The 37-year-old is one of the most prolific run-scorers in the modern era of domestic cricket and holds records for the most runs (5597) and most centuries (20) in the Australian one-day format.