FORMER Australian Test batsman and two-time Victorian Sheffield Shield title winner Chris Rogers has been appointed head coach of the Victorian men's team, headlined by Nowra's Nic Maddinson.
Having amassed 33,458 runs throughout his playing career, including 2,015 runs in 25 Tests, Rogers was appointed to Cricket Australia's high performance team in early 2018 where he undertook a number of coaching roles including head Ccoach of the Australian under 19s team for the World Cup earlier this year.
Rogers has also gained coaching experience in the county system in the UK with assistant roles at Gloucestershire and Somerset.
"I'm really excited about the job and I'd like to thank Cricket Victoria for the opportunity," Rogers said.
"It feels a bit like I've come full circle in playing for Victoria for seven years and now coming back into the fold as the senior coach.
"I'm looking forward to working with this talented squad of players and coaches.
"I've been lucky enough to work with many of the Victorian players in recent years and I look forward to working with them to achieve individual and team success.
"Due to the impact of coronavirus, we know this season will come with some very new challenges for us, but we'll continue to prepare as best we can and come ready to play when the time is right."
Throughout the process, Cricket Victoria's general manager - cricket Shaun Graf led a selection panel that included Victorian captains Peter Handscomb and Meg Lanning, Cricket Victoria CEO Andrew Ingleton and former Victorian coach Greg Shipperd.
The recruitment process also included presentations to the high performance committee including Cricket Victoria board members and former Victorian players Paul Jackson and Phillip Hyde.
"I've known Chris a long time now having been involved with his initial recruitment from WA," Graf said.
"His desire to get the best out of the talent he was given will hold him in good stead as he prepares our young talented squad for the challenging season ahead
"He's worked extensively with elite talent throughout the CA pathway system and has shown an ability to improve and develop players for the long-term.
"On the field he was an extremely gritty competitor, we know he'll bring that determination and resilience into the squad."
Cricket Victoria CEO Andrew Ingleton echoed Graf's sentiments.
"This has been a very thorough process," Ingleton said.
"Chris is highly regarded and his technical knowledge, organisational skills and commitment to high performance are qualities that will serve him well in this position."
Off the field, Rogers has also been involved in a number of media roles, including as a radio commentator with ABC Grandstand.
Rogers is due to commence duties with Victoria next week and is contracted through to the end of the 2022 domestic season.