Performance Appointments

Senior Appointments at Sri Lanka Cricket, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Atlanta United, Oklahoma City Thunder and beyond.

Performance Appointments

The Leaders Performance Institute’s weekly review of appointments across global sport.

We return this week with the world’s of cricket and Russell Domingo, who is the new Head Coach of the Sri Lanka men’s team. He replaces Steve Rhodes, who departed after the Cricket World Cup



Elsewhere in cricket, the IPL’s Sunrisers Hyderabad have agreed terms with Brad Haddin to serve as Assistant Coach. He will serve under new Head Coach Trevor Bayliss.

In the world of the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder have hired Mark Daigneault, David Akinyooye, Dave Bliss, Brian Keefe, and Mike Wilks to serve as assistant coaches on Head Coach Billy Donovan’s staff.

On to soccer, where Jack Collison has been appointed Head Coach of Atlanta United’s Under-17s men’s team. Zach Herold has been named to the same position for Atlanta’s Under-16s.

Friday 16th August

Kate Markgraf has been hired as the first-ever General Manager of the US women’s national soccer team. Markgraf, who has 201 caps from her time representing the team, will be responsible for the team’s culture and playing style but her most immediate job is to find a replacement for the departed Head Coach Jill Ellis.



There have been a number of appointments across the world of cricket this week and we begin with the India Premier League and the Kolkata Knight Riders’ announcement that their former batsman Brendon McCullum will serve as the team’s new Head Coach, replacing Jacques Kallis. It is a double hiring for the New Zealander, who will also take the reins of the Trinbago Knight Riders, another team from within the same group, in the Caribbean Premier League.

Elsewhere in India, Shib Sankar has been installed as the Head Coach of the Bengal women’s state cricket team. Sankar will also hold coaching duties for the Bengal junior women’s team.

The Western Australian Cricket Association has a new General Manager – High Performance in the form of Kade Harvey.

England’s new cricket competition, The Hundred, is still a year out from its inauguration but the coaching appointments continue apace.

Tom Moody has been unveiled as the Head Coach of the as-yet-unnamed men’s team to be based at the Oval in London.

Across the Thames at Lord’s, Shane Warne and Lisa Keightley will serve as head coach of the men’s and women’s teams of the franchise to be based at cricket’s spiritual home.

Over in Wales, Gary Kirsten and Matthew Mott have been hired as the head coaches of the Cardiff-based men’s and women’s teams respectively. Both men will continue in their current posts, with Kirsten coaching the DurbanHeat men’s T20 side and Mott as Australia women’s Head Coach.

Friday 8th August

It is soccer up first this week and the news that DC United forward Wayne Rooney will return to England in January to join the Championship’s Derby County as a player-coach. The former England international has signed an initial 18-month contract.

Across the English Channel, Nantes of French Ligue 1 have appointed Christian Gourcuff as their Head Coach. He replaces Vahid Halilhodžić with immediate effect.

Switching codes to rugby union, Rachel Taylor is the first female to be appointed as a Wales Rugby Union Academy Skills Coach. Dave Roberts succeeds Taylor as WRU Rugby Coordinator for North West Wales, with Wales wing Jessica Kavanagh replacing him as Women and Girls’ Game Changer for North Wales.

There are now nine active female coaches in the NBA after the Memphis Grizzlies named Notre Dame associate head coach and former Phoenix Mercury player Niele Ivey as an assistant coach.

On to cricket, where Rumesh Ratnayake has been named as interim Head Coach of the Sri Lanka men’s team ahead of their series with New Zealand, which starts next week.

In college swimming, Florida State has announced Dan Kesler as the swimming & diving program’s new Associate Head Coach. He succeeds Ozzie Quevedo, who left to join the newly-assembled coaching staff under Coley Stickels at Alabama.

Finally for this week, Dan Ryan has been unveiled as the Head Coach of the Leeds Rhinos Netball team that players in the Vitality Netball Superleague for their debut season in 2021.

Friday 2nd August

We lead with soccer and the Chinese Super League this week, where Roberto Donadoni has been unveiled as Head Coach of Shenzhen Kaisa. Donadoni, who has been out of the game since leaving Bologna in May, is tasked with staving off relegation.



Over in England, Championship side Huddersfield Town have named David Webb as their new Head of Football Operations. He arrives from the Swedish team Östersunds FK as the effective replacement for Sporting Director Olaf Rebbe, who left Huddersfield in January after just eight months.

Across the Atlantic, FC Cincinnati have finalised their academy system coaching staff in preparation for their inaugural season in the US Soccer Development Academy. FCC Director of Player Development Larry Sunderland this week announced the hiring of Ricardo Páez, Adrian Parrish, Joshua Neff, Nikola Katic and Dave Schurek for the club’s Under-15 and Under-17 teams.

We round-up soccer with one appointment from the international game, where Hervé Renard has been installed as the Head Coach of the Saudi Arabia men’s national team.

Next is the NBA and the Milwaukee Bucks, who have hired Chad Forcier as an Assistant Coach. He arrives from the Memphis Grizzlies to re-establish his working relationship with Head Coach Mike Budenholzer, whom we worked with at the San Antonio Spurs.

In international basketball, the Great Britain men’s national team has a new Head Coach in the form of Nate Reinking. He succeeds Alberto Lorenzo ahead of the EuroBasket 2012 pre-qualifying programme next month.

Elsewhere, the Latvia men’s national team have appointed Roberts Štelmahers as their new Head Coach.

Finally, rugby league, where Justin Holbrook is set to be announced as the Head Coach of the National Rugby League’s Gold Coast Titans. He replaces Garth Brennan, who was dismissed last month.

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