Poulton, who is the current Cricket Australia women’s high-performance coach, will take over in the role from David Hemp who has coached the team since the inception of the competition.
Poulton coaches the Australia ‘A’ women’s squad and also oversees the female National Performance Squad, as well as the under-15 and under-19 programs.
The former Australia and New South Wales opener made her international debut in 2006 where she played 90 matches for Australia which includes two World T20 championships. Poulton also played more than 100 domestic matches for NSW where she took part in 10 WNCL titles and was the first NSW woman to score a domestic T20 century.
Melbourne Stars General Manager of BBL, Commercial and Marketing Nick Cummins said the club was looking forward to entering a new chapter of its WBBL journey under the leadership of Poulton.
“We’re delighted to secure Leah as our women’s head coach. From her playing days to her national coaching experience, we know that Leah has a great cricket brain and has built strong relationships both across the country and internationally, so we’re excited about the direction she is going to take the Stars,” Cummins said
“On behalf of the Stars players, staff, members and fans, I’d like to thank David Hemp for his contribution to the Stars over the last five years. We believe now is the right time to make a change and set the WBBL squad up for future success.”
Poulton, who has previously held roles as an Assistant Coach at Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers, said she was looking forward to taking on the Head Coach position.
“I’m really excited to join the Melbourne Stars and would like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity of taking on the head coach role,” Poulton said.
“There is fantastic potential both in the current squad and what we can achieve in the future. The club has reputation for a fantastic family culture and that’s something I’m really looking forward to being part of.”
“I look forward to working with our leadership group and management over the next few months to build our list and am keen to see where we can take this team in WBBL|06.”
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