|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.
The inaugural coach holds his role at helm of the Stars for BBL|03, and rightly so too, given he is renowned as a meticulous planner, tactical nous and strong rapport with his teams.
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
The Melbourne Stars would like to thank Ian Chappell for his service as Chairman of Selectors. After two years, Chappell resigned from the Board and the position of Chairman of Selectors ahead of BBL|04. Integral in the construction of the Stars' list, Chappell brought esteemed cricketing intellect and knowledge, and worked closely with Head Coach, Greg Shipperd.
A new Chairman of Selectors will be announced in the upcoming months.
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 will bring rich experience as a batting and fielding expert to the Melbourne Stars in BBL|03. 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 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 also the New Zealand Blackcap’s assistant until 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 fast bowling coach this year and now is 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 returns as a batting coach for the Stars in BBL|03, in additional to playing an integral role as player. He will be instrumental in building the teams batting plans and developing younger batsmen this season. 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. He is also Victoria’s highest ever runs-scorer in the Sheffield Shield (10,474 runs) and has played a handful of Tests for Australia.
Andy Lee – Chief Hydration Officer
Andy Lee returns to the Melbourne Stars for his third season in the vital role of Chief Hydration Officer. The Stars hierarchy have been delighted with his performances the past two seasons thus were quick to include him in their BBL|03 squad. His ability to run drinks with intent, perfectly mix the PowerAde and successfully monitor player’s hydration ensued his was integral to retain as the team goes for glory this season. Lee will play a vital role for the Stars ensuring electrolytes levels are always at a maximum to give the team the winning edge over BBL rivals.
Thihan Chandramohan – Physiotherapist
Thihan Chandramohan is a specialist sports physiotherapist with a strong focus on acute & chronic sports pain and rehabilitation. He has been involved with the Stars since season once and now shares his time between summer in Australia and an English summer in the UK with Hampshire County Cricket Club. Previously he spent several years as the team physiotherapist with the Bushrangers and Cricket Victoria.
Adrian Mott – Strength and Conditioning Coach
A former Stall 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.
Nick Shugg – Team Operations Manager
Nick Shugg re-joins the Melbourne Stars in BBL|03 as the Team Operations Manager after holding the position for the past twos seasons. Shugg manages all operational requirements of the team ensuring the only thing the players need to worry about is their on-field performance. He brings extensive experience to the role, having worked with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and the Victorian Bushrangers for several years.
Craig White – Team Analyst
Craig White returns to the Melbourne Stars as the Team Analyst for BBL|03 and will play an important role in supplying statistics to the players and head coach, Greg Shipperd. Having worked for the Victorian Bushrangers for several years as their video analyst and Cricket Victoria’s Special Projects Officer – he has also been involved in two Champions League T20 campaigns in a similar position.