The Brisbane Heat have made a double addition to their coaching team ahead of the coming KFC T20 Big Bash League season, with recently retired Australian fast-bowler Ryan Harris joining the club in a Coaching Mentor role, while leading self-storage provider National Storage has joined forces with the Heat as their Official Coaching Partner.
Harris, a veteran of 27 Tests and 113 wickets for Australia, has built an impressive coaching resume in recent seasons having worked with Australia A and the my Foot Dr Queensland Bulls, and joins the Heat in a new looking coaching team that features Daniel Vettori (Head Coach) and Shane Bond (Bowling and Assistant Coach).
Joining Harris on the Heat’s roster for BBL|05 is former New Zealand and current Ireland Coach John Bracewell who will work with the club as part of a T20 professional development opportunity.
Both Bracewell and Harris will spend time with the squad during BBL|05 and travel to some away games during the tournament.
The club’s bolstered coaching ranks coincides with the announcement of the Brisbane Heat’s partnership with Queensland-based company National Storage.
National Storage’s association with Queensland Cricket extends to the coaching department of all high performance teams including the Brisbane Heat Women’s Big Bash League team, the my FootDR Queensland Bulls and Konica Minolta Queensland Fire.
National Storage’s Managing Director Andrew Catsoulis said the company had chosen to partner with the Heat and Queensland Cricket to help build brand awareness throughout Queensland, Australia and New Zealand, where the BBL and Brisbane Heat receive growing support and coverage.
“Our proud Brisbane heritage means joining forces with the Brisbane Heat is a natural partnership for us. The Big Bash League has become an iconic part of Australia’s summer, and the family nature of the competition aligns with our family values and culture of teamwork. We’re looking forward to partnering with high performance coaches to leverage their experience and promote National Storage over summer.” he said.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Geoff Cockerill said the addition of National Storage as an official partner and Ryan Harris as a coaching mentor has highlighted the ongoing on-and-off field momentum that the Brisbane Heat, BBL and Queensland Cricket continue to gather.
“We are in the midst of an exciting time for cricket in Australia where we are seeing more fans both playing and watching the game than ever before, and it is great that we can help connect ambitious and passionate companies such as National Storage with our sport’s growing fan base.
“On the field Queensland Cricket continually aims to produce Australia’s best players and challenge for trophies across all formats, so it is great opportunity for our Brisbane Heat playing group to be working with Ryan Harris who has an outstanding coaching and playing pedigree,” Cockerill said.
Brisbane Heat crowds have consistently been growing in the four year existence of the Big Bash League, with 2014-15 expected to be a record breaking season for the club, with corporate hospitality, membership and ticket sales all at the highest levels they have been.