Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to announce that Steve Kirby has re-joined the Club as the team’s new Bowling Coach.
Steve, who leaves his current post at Derbyshire where he was Assistant Coach (Bowling Lead), played for Somerset with distinction between 2011 and 2014, claiming over 180 wickets for the Club across the three formats of the game.
He also appeared in two T20 finals for the Club and was part of the Champions League side that reached the semi-finals in 2011.
His new role, which will commence in February, will see Steve return to the Cooper Associates County Ground to provide specialist bowling coaching and support to the senior professional squad. He will also play a key role in ensuring a smooth transition for high-potential bowlers into the professional game.
Steve will work closely with Head Coach, Jason Kerr, the Club’s Skills Coaches, the Sport Science & Medicine Team plus the Pathway Coaching Team, where the relationship with Academy & Pathway Bowling Coach, Andrew Griffiths will be key to ensuring a continued conveyor belt of bowling talent makes its way through to the highest level.
Following his appointment, Steve said: “I’m really happy to be coming back to Somerset. I had some amazing times there as a player. Since then I’ve had quite a journey as a coach, initially with the MCC and then with Derbyshire.
“I’m really indebted to Derbyshire and in particular Dave Houghton and Mal Loye for giving me the opportunity to get back in to First Class cricket. I have learned so much from them in this role. I have hugely enjoyed working with the players and the team is going from strength to strength, as people will have seen over the last few years. I can see them flourishing even further next year. They are an amazing club and they have been extremely supportive in my time with them and during my transition to Somerset.
“Somerset have a fantastic bowling unit, with International players and players who are on the verge of making that step up. I’ll be working with some of the best bowlers in the country, and the bowlers in Somerset’s exceptional Pathway system are really exciting too. I’m really looking forward to helping add to that pipeline in the future.
“I have huge respect for the Coaching Team and I’m looking forward to working with Jason Kerr and Andy Hurry again. This move will also bring me back closer to my family and my children.
“I’m so excited by this opportunity and I really can’t wait to get started.”
Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “We were really pleased with the level of interest that we received regarding the vacancy, and we undertook a robust process in identifying Steve as the stand-out fit for us.
“He has been on an incredible journey since playing for the Club and has undertaken a number of coaching roles in that time. During this period, the growth that he has shown in supporting player’s development really impressed us.
“He demonstrated an incredible passion for the Club, an outstanding work ethic and evidenced the development of players he has worked with. This, alongside the influence that he had on the progression of Derbyshire’s Vitality Blast bowling performances, really impressed us.
“His knowledge of the game and his strong understanding of the key fundamentals of pace and spin bowling were also very much to the fore, and we feel that he is without doubt the right person to join our Coaching Team in order to help ensure that we continue to move forward over the next few years.”