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Somerset Announce new Head Coach and Director of Cricket

Somerset County Cricket Club can exclusively reveal that Andy Hurry will be returning to the Club as our new Director of Cricket.

The Club are also pleased to be able to announce that current Assistant & Bowling Coach Jason Kerr has been promoted to the role of Head Coach.

Hurry is no stranger to Somerset supporters having previously spent thirteen years with the Club. He originally joined Somerset in 2001 and went on to become Head Coach before taking the position of Director of High Performance at the end of the 2013 season.

In his time as Head Coach he oversaw Somerset’s most successful period since the Glory Years of the late 1970’s and early 80’s, as he lead the Club to within a whisker of the County Championship and to several white-ball finals.

After leaving Somerset, Hurry successfully took charge of the England Young Lions Programme.

Announcing the appointment Somerset CEO Lee Cooper said: “Andy Hurry enjoyed considerable success during his time with Somerset and since then he has gone on to gain extensive and valuable experience working with the ECB and the Young Lions Programme. He is held in extremely high regard by both the ECB and our playing staff and I am sure that he will be welcomed back with open arms by our Members and supporters.”

Jason Kerr first appeared at the Cooper Associates County Ground as a player in 1992. His whole-hearted performances endeared him to the Taunton faithful with the highlight of his career being figures of seven for 23 against Leicestershire in 1999. Sadly a shoulder injury brought his career to a premature end in 2002. Since then Jason has fulfilled a number of coaching roles with Somerset and has been actively involved with the First XI for over a decade.

Regarding Jason Kerr, Lee Cooper said: “Jason is the perfect candidate for the role of Head Coach. He is highly regarded by our players and has their full respect. His knowledge of the Club and the unique culture that surrounds it is second to none. He has also played a major role in the development of our exciting young players who are now breaking in to the first XI.

“Our Cricket Review highlighted the importance of having both a Head Coach and a Director of Cricket and I have no doubt that we have selected the two very best men for these roles.”

Upon returning to the Club Andy Hurry said: “Somerset will always hold a very special place in my heart and it’s an honour to once again be associated with the Club. We came so close to winning silverware when I was here before and there is therefore some unfinished business. It is one of the most respected clubs in the world and it feels very much like I’m coming home. I am really excited about what I feel we can achieve in the next few years.”

“I have relished my three years with the ECB and Young Lions and through the opportunities the programme has provided me, I have grown my experience and knowledge significantly”

David Parsons, the ECB’s Performance Director, said: “Andy has played a key role in the development of our Young Lions programme and the wider Player Pathway since he was appointed head coach of the England Development Programme in September 2014, and on behalf of the ECB and also the many young players who have benefited from his energy and expertise over the last three years, I’d like to thank him for his work – and wish him good luck at Somerset.”

Jason Kerr said: “Somerset is a unique and special club and the group of players we have available to us at present is extremely exciting. There is a great blend of young talent alongside some truly exceptional players of experience. The future is looking bright for the Club and I am delighted to be able to play a part in that.”

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