Cricket ACT has announced that Abode Hotels ACT Meteors Assistant Coach David Drew will take on the Head Coaching role as current coach James Allsopp transitions into his new role as Chief Executive Officer.
Drew joined Cricket ACT in April 2018 after five-seasons working as the high-performance coach for female cricket at Cricket Tasmania.
His role in Canberra has included Head Coach of the ACTive Cricket programs, Pathway Manager and assistant coach of the Meteors. Drew is also the current head coach of the Australian Blind Cricket Team and has held roles as Assistant Coach of the Tasmania Roar (now Tigers) and Hobart Hurricanes WBBL side as well as a number of underage development and representative teams.
Drew is relishing the opportunity to take on more responsibility with the Meteors.
“It’s brilliant, it is just really exciting and I am looking forward to the challenge,” said Drew.
“The Tasmania experience was really beneficial working with Julia Price and now James Allsopp here. They are very different coaches, so you pick up different things from them, then you add your own little spin on bits and pieces.
“This is something that I have wanted to do for a long period of time. I’m looking forward to getting in there and doing it.”
Drew believes the seven-week break the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) is rolling into is the perfect time for Drew to take the reins from Allsopp, who will still be involved in the program in a reduced capacity and take on a game day coaching role for the remaining matches.
The Meteors had mixed results on the opening weekend of the WNCL, losing to Tasmania by five-wickets on Friday and then recording a four-wicket victory over Queensland two days later.
All seven of the WNCL teams had similar results, finishing with one win and one loss in their opening two matches. The Meteors are sitting in fourth on the ladder on percentage.
Drew is now looking ahead at the upcoming home games at Manuka Oval against Western Australia and Victoria in November.
The ACT Meteors have a good recent record at Manuka Oval, winning both matches at the venue in 2017/18.
Drew admits he is yet to see a WNCL game at Manuka Oval but has labelled it “an absolute belter of a ground” and has no doubts about the ability of the Meteors to perform.
ACT Meteors v Victoria, 9th November, 2:30pm, Manuka Oval
ACT Meteors v Western Australia, 11th November, 10am, Manuka Oval