T20 Big Bash League - KFC

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.

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

Damien Fleming – Chairman of Selectors

Damien Fleming was announced as the Melbourne Stars Chairman of Selectors after the BBL|03 season after serving on the Club's Board since its inception in 2011. Fleming provides in-depth cricket intelligence based on an impressive playing and coaching career, and has worked closely with Greg Shipperd to develop the squad for BBL|04.

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.

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 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.

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.