In recent years Woodhill has held a number of roles at the club including Assistant Coach of the men’s team and List Manager for the club overall. He will retain the List Manager role for both squads.
Woodhill has worked in high performance roles around the world including coaching roles at the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, Cricket NSW and New Zealand Cricket. He was also the high performance consultant to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in the creation of The Hundred.
Woodhill was involved with the NSW Breakers during title-winning seasons in 2008-2009 and has previously been a batting coach to Australian opener Alyssa Healy.
This year will mark his tenth year involved in Big Bash.
“It’s a great opportunity and one I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to. I’ve been involved with the Stars for many years now and know the environment and the ethos well,” Woodhill said.
“We’re backing ourselves to bounce back from some of the results in recent WBBL seasons. The competition is only getting stronger and we need to be stronger too. I’d certainly like to see a maiden finals appearance this season and win the title but there is plenty of work to do first.”
Cricket Victoria General Manager – Cricket Shaun Graf said Woodhill’s appointment was a positive step for the club.
“Trent is well known to everyone at the Stars and in the Big Bash more broadly. I’m pleased he’s accepted this opportunity to move into a Head Coach position with the WBBL squad. Trent brings a deep understanding of the game and has demonstrated an ability to think differently and outside the box in the way we prepare elite teams to deliver on the field,” Graf said.
“I know Trent will be working hard with the current squad and any future new signings to deliver a highly competitive squad ahead of this season.”
Melbourne Stars General Manager Nick Cummins said the club was focused on building the next chapter of its WBBL history.
“It’s exciting news to have Trent on board in his new capacity and builds on our commitment to having world-class people involved at the Melbourne Stars. In terms of the WBBL season, we hope to have a better understanding of what that could look like in the coming months. Any return to play will be subject to compliance with any COVID-19 restrictions at the time,” Cummins said.