Know Our Coaches: Ashley Ross
Ashley may be one of the newest coaches at the ICC Academy, but he is far from green in his chosen field of expertise.
Currently the Performance Pathway and Coach Development Lead at the ICCA, The Perth native has had plenty of experience Down Under and is a seasoned veteran when it comes to developing the gentleman’s game.
A Level III accredited coach from both Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket, Ashley was Player Development Manager and High Performance Coach of the New Zealand Cricket Team, the Black Caps from 1998 to 2007, taking the team to India and Pakistan in 2003 as Head Coach and Chairman of Selectors.
He oversaw the development of the Blacks Caps as they recorded Test series triumphs in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2006. In addition, he was part of the technical staff of the Kiwi outfit that featured at the ICC World Cups in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
Ashley’s involvement with New Zealand Cricket also extended to the ‘A’ outfit. Under his tutelage, the Kiwis excelled in ODI series against the West Indies, Pakistan and the ‘A’ teams of India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and England.
Structuring a bespoke training programme for players comes very easily to Ashley, who was Manager of Youth Cricket and Coaching for the Victorian Cricket Association in his native Australia from 1984 to 1998.
During his time in Victoria, Ashley designed tailor-made classes for young players who had the potential to make it to the top and oversaw the coordination of scholastic cricketing activities.
In addition to coaching the Victorian Under-17 Cricket Team and being Assistant coach to the Victoria Bushrangers first-class cricket team that included Shane Warne, Dean Jones, Paul Reiffel, Damien Fleming and Merv Hughes, Ross was a member of the Australian Cricket Board Coaching Committee. Ashley has fronted many Level III presentations and workshops and given various lectures at coaching conventions.
It is quite clear that Ashley is a great addition for the ICCA, given his instrumental presence in the development of the Victorian Cricket Curriculum and overseeing the education of his fellow coaches.
Ashley has also worked on the women’s side of the game, having previously been Assistant Coach of the 1997 Australian Women’s Cricket Team that won the World Cup that year. He was also Head Coach of the Australian Under-23 Team and the Victorian Women’s Team and was a Satellite Coach of the Australian Women’s Cricket Council.
With such an experienced practitioner of the game at the ICC Academy, we are well on course to becoming and remaining the world’s leading cricket development institution