Glamorgan have unveiled Welshman Toby Radford as their new coach.
The former West Indies assistant coach and Middlesex man, who has worked with the likes of Andrew Strauss, Steven Finn and Chris Gayle, has been chosen as the man to replace departed head of elite performance Matthew Mott.
New chief executive and director of cricket Hugh Morris led the search for the new Glamorgan first team coach with the credentials of the Caerphilly-born 41-year-old preferred to the claims of current coaches Robert Croft and Steve Watkin.
“I am honoured to have been offered this position,” said Radford.
“I look forward to working with chief executive and director of cricket Hugh Morris, and the playing and coaching staff of Glamorgan in bringing success back to the county I supported as a youngster.”
“It was great to see the team reaching a Lord’s final at the end of the season, and I believe we have a wonderful opportunity of building on this success and developing a team of which the Welsh nation can be proud.
Father Brian nurtured his son’s love for the sport with Radford playing his first games at Caerphilly’s Virginia Park.
After being scouted at 16, the batsman played just 14 first-class matches and six List A games for Middlesex and Sussex between 1994 and 1999 with a top score of 69.
After being released by Sussex, Radford concentrated on coaching and took a role as Berkshire cricket development officer in 1998 before launching the Middlesex Academy in 2003.
He enjoyed success as academy director and took over as interim first-team coach at Lord’s when Richard Pybus quit midway through 2007.
Radford was appointed to the role full-time at Lord’s for 2008 during which time Middlesex won the Twenty20 Cup.
In 2010, Radford left England and moved to the Caribbean as director of the High Performance Centre in Barbados and in early 2012 was named the West Indies assistant coach under former Glamorgan all-rounder Ottis Gibson, who it is understood was never in contention for this role.
Morris added; “I am delighted Toby Radford has agreed to join Glamorgan county cricket club as our new Head Coach. In recent years Toby has built a strong reputation as one of the most talented young cricket coaches in England and Wales, and his experience of managing and developing some world class cricketers will be a great asset to our Club.
“He is a proud Welshman and is looking forward to working with our current players and nurturing local talent for the future.”
Morris also insisted Croft and Watkin had a long-term future at the club despite missing out to Radford on the top job.
Toby Radford Factfile
Born December 3, 1971, Caerphilly, Glamorgan, Wales
Major teams Berkshire, Middlesex, Sussex
The 41 year-old was born in Caerphilly, and after appearing for England Young Cricketers and the England Under 19s, the batsman and occasional off-spinner played first-class cricket for Middlesex (1994-95) and Sussex (1996-97). Toby then had a spell playing and coaching Berkshire, during which he also played for Glamorgan 2nd XI, before coaching the Minor County side as well as acting as Berkshire’s Cricket Development Officer. From 2001 to 2003 Toby was an ECB National Coach, during which time he worked with the England Under15, Under17 and Under19 teams.
In 2003 Toby was appointed as Middlesex’s Academy Director, based at Finchley, before becoming the Club’s 2nd XI coach in 2005. He was elevated to the position of 1st XI coach during the 2007 season and the following year, he was Middlesex’s coach when they won the Twenty20 Cup. Around this time he also worked extensively with Andrew Strauss and helped to strengthen the technique of the man who subsequently became a high-class opening batsman and captain in Test cricket.
Toby’s standing in the world of coaching was further enhanced in 2010 when he moved to the Caribbean to become the Director of the West Indies High Performance Centre. In March 2012 he was appointed as Assistant Coach to the national side, with special responsibilities to working with the gifted young batsmen in the national squad. Later that year Toby was working alongside Glamorgan old boy Ottis Gibson when the West Indies were crowned as World Twenty20 champions.
Cricket has therefore taken him from Caerphilly – where his family lived whilst his father was a journalist with the Western Mail newspaper – to the Home Counties and then out to the sun and sand of the Caribbean. Now, following his appointment with Glamorgan, Toby returns to South Wales for the next chapter in his coaching career.