St John’s, ANTIGUA – The Windward Islands Volcanoes, one of six professional franchises in the Cricket West Indies set-up, has a new head coach. He is Andre Coley.
Coley officially takes up his new post tomorrow, August 1. In seven years, Coley was an assistant coach with the Windies Men’s Squad up to July 2017, a post he has been in since January 2014. He was also a member of the inaugural management team at the High Performance Centre Programme, based in Barbados, 2010 – 2013. During that time, Coley also held positions with the Windies Women as Assistant Coach and Team Director.
Coley coached the Jamaica Under 15 and Under 19 squads, 2006 – 2009; then was Head Coach of the Windies Under 19 squad to the ICC Youth World Cup in 2010. He was also a member of the coaching staff of the St Kitts Patriots for the 2015 and 2016 Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
CEO of the Windwards Cricket Inc, Gregory Shillingford in welcoming Andre to the position, noted, “we are delighted to have Andre lead the Cricket Operations of the Franchise. He brings a lot of technical experience and we look forward to him turning around the fortunes of our cricket here in the Windward Islands.”
Cricket West Indies’ Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams, “wishes Coley all the best in his new endeavours. We are happy to see the growth of our technical talent in and around the region.”
Andre played seven first class and 10 List A matches as a wicket keeper/batsman for Jamaica between 1998 and 1999, and as a youth, represented the West Indies Under-19 Team between 1993-1995 and Jamaica at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia. Following his short First-Class career, Andre was invited to get involved in coaching and since then has accredited himself as a WICB Level 2 and Cricket Australia Level 3 Coach.