Victorian Women’s and Melbourne Renegades WBBL Coach Lachlan Stevens has announced his resignation from both roles at the end of this season.
Stevens is moving back to Queensland for family reasons.
His last game in charge will be this Saturday’s Women’s National Cricket League Final between Victoria and Queensland.
Stevens leaves Victoria’s coaching ranks having been a part of three Sheffield Shield titles, a domestic one day title, a BBL title and having earned the respect of the state’s male and female players for the care, guidance and knowledge he has provided.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Cricket Victoria and the Melbourne Renegades – the players, my fellow coaches, support staff – everyone who has made this such an enjoyable place to do what we do. I’m proud to have been involved in both the women’s and men’s programs – from the inception of WBBL through to Shield titles with the men’s team. It has been a fantastic experience and opportunity,” Stevens said.
After joining CV ahead of the 2015-16 season, his roles have included Head Coach of the Renegades in WBBL and the Victorian Women’s team and as interim Head Coach of the Victorian Men’s team.
Stevens has also been an Assistant Coach of the state men’s team and the Renegades in the BBL.
“Lachlan helped foster the positive and caring environment that has been pivotal in the success of the men’s and women’s programs throughout his tenure,” Cricket Victoria’s General Manager of Cricket Shaun Graf said.
“Together with all the coaches, he formed a wonderful combination with Andrew McDonald and together they won every male domestic title on offer in 2018-19, a remarkable achievement.
“Lachlan’s transition between our programs over the last five years is testament to his ability to build great relationships and get the best out of cricketers – regardless of what stage they are at in their careers.
“He’s a coach of outstanding character, a terrific mentor and a great exponent of skill acquisition for young cricketers. Lachlan leaves with our best wishes and he and his family will always be welcome at Cricket Victoria,” Graf added.
Melbourne Renegades General Manager David Lever said Stevens had played a key role in developing the club’s leading players.
“Lachlan has made a significant contribution to the Melbourne Renegades across a number of seasons,” he said.
“He was our inaugural WBBL Coach, Assistant Coach in our BBL|08 title winning campaign and led our WBBL program this season.
“He’s taken first time professional cricketers and guided them all the way through to the national team.
“Lachlan has led with integrity, empathy and grace mixed with immense tactical and technical cricketing knowledge. We wish he and his family all the best.”
Cricket Victoria and the Melbourne Renegades will commence the process for securing a new Head Coach shortly.