Geelong Cricket Club Coach Andre Borovec is set to leave the club after being appointed as an Assistant Coach with the Victorian Sheffield Shield side and the Melbourne Renegades.
Borovec, 40, will link up with former Geelong, Victorian and Australian player Andrew McDonald as one of his trusted lieutenants with both Victoria and the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL.
The former Cats wicketkeeper has been at the helm for the past three years and guided the First XI to the finals last season.
Borovec has overseen the rapid progression of a number of young players at the club, including current First XI captain and Victorian contract holder Eamonn Vines.
The Cats are in the fortunate position to be able to appoint former Victorian player and current batting coach, Liam Buchanan as the Head Coach for the upcoming season.
Buchanan will be supported by already appointed Assistant Coach Matt Gunther, bowling coach Trent Walerys and Development Coach Luke Muller.
The coaching group will also now include Renegades player and former South Australia Sheffield Shield player Tim Ludeman, who has stepped up to be a Development Coach with the club.
Cats President Michael Vines is excited by both Borovec’s and Buchanan’s appointments, “The club had known for some time that Andre was a chance to be offered a position with Victoria and he thoroughly deserves his chance at a higher level and the club is very excited that two of our former players and leaders now make up 50% of the coaching group with Victoria.”
“We are also in the envious position of being able to replace Andre with Liam, who has a wealth of experience both with Victoria and in Premier Cricket, and knows the current playing group extremely well through his own batting coaching over the last few seasons.”
Borovec will take up his appointment over the next couple of weeks and is motivated by the challenge that awaits him, “It is an exciting time for Victorian cricket; with a number of recently-contracted players becoming ready to stake selection claims. Therefore, from a development perspective, the provision of support to players and coaches is integral to the role. I am looking forward to the work that lies ahead.”
“As a Life Member, the Geelong Cricket Club has been central to my life over the last 25 years. I am proud to leave the Club in a position of solidarity, with aspects of succession front of mind. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with this group of players and coaches, and I sincerely thank all involved for their commitment and support.”
Geelong will ramp up their pre-season efforts over the next few weeks, including practice matches against Geelong City and Northcote before they open the season on October 7 with a one day clash with arch rivals Melbourne at the Geelong Cricket Ground.