Jersey coach Craig Hogan named Ireland national academy manager

Craig Hogan

Current Jersey coach Craig Hogan has been appointed to Cricket Ireland's new role of national academy manager.

Australian-born Hogan, 53, will work alongside Ireland Under-19 coach Ryan Eagleson whose duties will also include the role of academy performance coach.

Hogan and Eagleson will have the role of establishing the new national academy structure and programme.

""I am very honoured to be given the opportunity to be involved with Cricket Ireland," said Hogan.

"The success of Ireland's men's and women's senior teams over the past five seasons in particular and the genuine possibility of becoming an ICC full member and Test-playing country by 2020 is very motivating.

"Cricket Ireland is such an innovative, progressive organisation and the national academy is a really positive step forward to securing the long-term future for home-grown cricketers."

Cricket Ireland's performance director Richard Holdsworth said that Hogan "has a proven track record and success in developing both people and talented players".

"Part of our continual succession planning is to identify players who could compete in the 2010 World Cup and beyond," added Holdsworth.

Hogan has been working as both national coach and high performance manager for Jersey and recently led them to the World Cricket League Division Six title.

He was previously vice-captain of the Australia Under-19s and played second XI state cricket for New South Wales between 1978 and 1981.

Hogan, who has worked as a physical education teacher for over 20 years, is in the final stages of completing an ECB level 4 diploma in personal and professional development.

Jersey Cricket chief executive Chris Minty paid tribute to Hogan's impact on the sport in the Channel Island.

"Craig has had a major impact on Jersey Cricket during his time here and his work across all the age groups has left us with a strong base from which to develop further. He has been a pleasure to work with," said the Jersey Cricket chief.