Middlesex Academy coach Andy Wagner was named the Coach of the Year at the Sky Sports ECB Coaches Awards.
Andy has been the Head Coach at Radley School for over 30 years, during which time he has overseen the development of Middlesex and England legend Andrew Strauss as well as numerous other players who have progressed into county cricket. In recent years Andy has been instrumental in bringing Nick Gubbins and Freddie Fairhead through the Middlesex CCC Academy, working with them both at school and county level.
Andy has been working with the Middlesex Academy programme since 1999, sharing his expertise and passion for coaching. One of the young players Andy worked with at Middlesex was Alan Coleman, who is now the Head of Youth Cricket for the county. Alan said “I am lucky enough to have benefitted from working with Andy as both a player and then a coach, and have been able to see the effect that he has on young cricketers first hand. He has had a huge influence on Middlesex Cricket, identifying players as well as helping to develop our own. I for one hope that Andy’s Middlesex association continues for many years to come.”
The awards ceremony was the centre piece of the ECB Coaches Association National Conference, with 29 Middlesex based coaches attending a very informative and social weekend. Coaches working across the Middlesex Player Pathway, from club to county level, were in attendance to hear from guest presenters such as Matthew Syed, Toni Minichiello, and Gordon Lord.
Roger Cook, Chair of the Middlesex Cricket Board Coaches Association, stated “to see so many Middlesex coaches in attendance only reinforces our belief that we have one of the strongest and most committed workforces in the country. To have so many coaches wishing to take opportunities such as this to develop their knowledge will only have a positive effect on the continued development of players and clubs in the county.”
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