BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The West Indies Cricket Board has appointed Englishman Graeme West as the new head coach of the High Performance Centre in Barbados.
The 39-year-old will take over from Jamaican Andre Coley who has served as the academy’s interim director since Toby Radford’s sudden departure last year April. Coley will now serve as West’s assistant.
West is a former Middlesex County academy director who also served as the Middlesex Cricket Board’s development officer.
He worked extensively with youth age group squads while attached to the County.
Ironically, five years ago, West replaced Radford as Middlesex’s academy director after Radford was named first team coach.
Radford left the HPC less than a year after its unveiling to take up a position as a specialist batting coach but earlier this year, was appointed assistant coach of the West Indies team.
Coley, a former Jamaica first class wicketkeeper who coached the West Indies Under-19s at the Youth World Cup in New Zealand, has held the position since.
The 37-year-old Coley is a qualified Level Three coach.
A new batch of 16 players was announced yesterday to start the new HPC 2012-2013 programme which gets underway tomorrow.
The HPC is based at the UWI Cave Hill Campus.