Cricket Scotland has appointed New Zealand’s Mark Coles as the new Head Coach of the Scotland Women’s Cricket Team. With his latest appointment, Coles has become the first-ever full-time coach of the team. He signed a two-year contract with the board for the role. Coles replaced Steve Knox for the role, who served as a part-time coach Scotland women for five years.
Having a rich coaching experience, he has coached several domestic teams of New Zealand and Australia. His last assignment was as the high-performance manager for the Japan Cricket Association. The 52-year old served as the Head Coach of the Pakistan women’s team from 2017-2019. He became the first non-Pakistani coach in the team.
The team faired excellently during his tenure as they won nine of the 28 Women’s One Day Internationals that they played during that period and 12 T20Is out of 28 games. It was under his mentorship that the Pakistan women team almost qualified for the 2021 Women’s Cricket World Cup. They finished in fifth place.
“I am very humbled to be given the opportunity to work with such a talented group and I am extremely excited about what we can achieve. Scotland is a wonderful sporting nation with rich sporting history. I have no doubt that when we play, we will be playing with the pride, passion, and bravery that the Scottish people are known for around the world,” Mark Coles said on his appointment.
Gus Mackay, Cricket Scotland CEO said, “Mark’s appointment as full-time coach of our women’s national team represents a big step forward for women’s cricket in this country. We conducted a robust recruitment process for this role, considering candidates with a wide range of cricket backgrounds from around the world. Mark’s experience and achievements with Pakistan made him a standout candidate for the role.”