Former Australian international Jason Gillespie has been unveiled as the new Head Coach at Sussex County Cricket Club.
The 42-year old has signed a three-year contract at the County Ground and will take up his role at Hove in the New Year. He replaces Mark Davis, who parted ways with the club last month after two seasons in charge.
Davis' tenure at the club saw them record consecutive fourth place finishes in Division Two of the County Championship, along with failing to get out of the group stages in both the Twenty20 and One Day Cup competitions.
Gillespie arrives in Sussex with pedigree as both a player and coach. Primarily playing as a Right arm bowler, he took 402 wickets in 169 appearances in all three formats for the Aussies between 1996 and 2006.
The Sydney native led Yorkshire to back-to-back Division One County Championship titles in 2014 and 2015 as Head Coach. He left Headingly in 2016 and spent part of this season as interim assistant at Kent, along with coaching the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League down under for the past two years.
Speaking after his appointment, Gillespie is relishing getting started on preparations for next season.
“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity of taking the reins at such a proud and traditional club like Sussex.
“Having spoken with both Keith [Greenfield, Sussex’s Director of Cricket] and Rob [Andrew, Sussex Cricket Chief Executive], I know that there is some excitement around the capabilities of the current playing group.
“I look forward to getting over there and playing my role in helping Sussex achieve its on and off-field goals for 2018 and beyond.”
Sussex Cricket Chief Executive, Rob Andrew, added: “Jason is exactly the experienced Head Coach we had hoped we would attract to the role.
“He has enormous experience of the English county game after his very successful spell with Yorkshire.
“We believe we have a very talented young squad and we need a bit a bit of stability and a coach of Jason’s experience to help mould a successful team over the next few years.”