coach profiles

HEAD COACH

Will Carr

After backing Brian up as a Full Time Assistant for season 20/21, it is a great pleasure to have  Will Carr now take over the reins as Head Coach for the next few seasons.

Whilst he was the Head Coach/Premiership Coach of his beloved Berwick Cricket Club, Will took them to Premiership glory and he is looking to take our group to those same heights.

Will, of course, brings with him a mountain of experience from a lifetime of cricket that includes making it into the Victorian Shield Team before injury’s cruelled his chances to continue. His commitment to the club during the off-season shows that he will be leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of success for the club.

SPECIALIST ASSISTANTS

Damien Fleming

The Casey-South Melbourne Cricket Club is thrilled and excited to have the great Damien Fleming signed on as High Performance Consultant for season 2020/21.

Damien Fleming played 108 matches for Australia 1994-2001. Under the captaincy of Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting during an incredibly successful period in Australian cricket. He famously took a hat trick on debut against Pakistan.

Damien’s looping outswing delivered from a smooth, high action perfectly complemented the bowling of Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie. He became even more devastating after cutting his run-up as a result of on-going injury, and would have had another hat-trick if Shane Warne had not dropped a straightforward slip catch in Adelaide during the 1999-00 summer.

Injuries finally took their toll after 10 years at the top, and in 2003 Fleming retired to take up a coaching role at the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide. Since then “Flem” has been a much loved commentator with Channel 10’s Big Bash coverage and most recently with the Seven Network. He is also the host of the Bowlogogy podcast and author of the book Bowlogogy.

Brian Keogh

Brian has stepped back from the position of “Head Coach” after three years due to work commitments. He will be staying involved in an “Assistant” role as much as his time allows

It is fantastic to have someone of the calibre of Brian want to be a part of the club. Having been a player when the club was still located at Albert Park, it is fair to say that Brian truly is one of “The Bloods”.

We are thrilled to have him remaining involved with the club, and we thank him for his commitment and efforts that went into the past three seasons.

Thilan Samaraweera

Thilan will be a specialist batting consultant. Returning to the club in this capacity, once again bringing his experience from 81 tests, scoring over 5000 test runs with 14 centuries.
With him having also spent time as a batting coach for Sri-Lanka, Bangladesh and New Zealand to name a few, this is the sort of cricketing knowledge and expertise that will be invaluable to a batting group that is looking to take their collective games to another level.

Bathiya Perera

We are pleased to have Bathiya  joining the club as our Full-Time batting coach.

Bathiya brings his vast experience from a long career in Sri-Lankan first class cricket and List A cricket that sees him regarded as ,”one of the best Sri-Lankans to never play test cricket”.

Having played and coached for a number of years in the area (three premierships with Upper Beaconsfield Cricket Club) he will be a great addition to the coaching group.

Nathan Pilon

Nathan will continue again this season in the same part-time specialist roll that he held last season.

He is looking to be available for more session than last year as he looks to help the clubs stock of wicket keepers improve on their skills.

Jordy Barnett

The club is very excited to have Jordy Barnett come onboard as a specalist fielding coach.
 
Jordy will be working across the club all things fielding (catching, throwing, angles, slides, release, strength etc.).
 
Jordy whilst young has achieved much in his baseball life…he recently returned after 2 years on a Baseball Scholarship offered by Daytona State College in Florida, USA. Jordy was part of the Senior Melbourne Aces Roster prior to departing to Florida. He has represented Australia at 3 different World Series [2013,2016,2018] as a middle infielder, he is now looking forward to sharing his fielding knowledge – skills that are transferable to us.
 
Jordy comes from a successful sporting family and we hope will be a Swan for a number of years.
Please make him feel welcome.
 

Matthew Pearson

Matt will once again be leading up the development squad, the “Damien Fleming Academy”, as our lead development coach.

This is , of course, combined with his role as captain of the third XI.

Stuart Fairley

Stu comes onto the coaching panel this season to lend a hand to Matt with the development squad. This very much goes “hand in glove” with his on-field position as captain of our fourth XI.

Stu has a great passion for the club and the game of cricket in general. He wants to help the younger players to develope their “mental” side of theirs games so they will be ready for the demands that playing First XI cricket brings.