Bond has been an assistant to Heat coach Dan Vettori since BBL|05 and previously worked with the Heat as a bowling coach.
Heat General Manager Andrew McShea said the club wished Bond all the best with his appointment.
“In the three BBL campaigns Shane was involved with the Heat as an assistant coach, he forged a reputation as an astute coach and tactician as well as being a cheerful, hard-working and well-liked member of the club,’’ he said.
“We’re sorry to see him leave but are pleased that he has the opportunity to take on a head coaching role in the BBL after being involved with our club for the bulk of its existance. His departure means we will be looking to bolster our off-field team which we will address soon,’’ McShea said.
Heat coach Dan Vettori congratulated Bond on the new role.
“While it is a shame to lose him from our club, I’m personally very happy for Bondy. He’ll do a great job although hopefully not against us when we come up against them in BBL|08.”
“He’s done some superb work with our bowlers over the years and their careers will have benefited from his input with them,” Vettori said.