Derbyshire appoint Graeme Welch as new Elite Cricket Performance Director
Graeme Welch has been appointed as Elite Cricket Performance Director of Derbyshire on a three-year-contract.
Last Updated: 07/01/14 9:23am
Welch, 41, has left his job as a bowling coach at Warwickshire to return to the county where he spent much of his playing career.
He was capped in 2001, appointed captain in 2006 and awarded a benefit year in 2007.
His coaching career began as bowling coach with Essex where he won the NatWest Pro 40 Second Division and Friends Provident Trophy double in 2008, followed by LV= County Championship promotion the following summer.
Welch said: "My experiences with Essex and Warwickshire have been a fantastic grounding, allowing me to learn my trade as a coach.
"I'm thankful for those opportunities which have fuelled my ambition to work at the top of the coaching tree.
"The opportunity to do that back at Derbyshire, where I had my best years as a player, is perfect for me.
"The new Elite Cricket Performance structure shows the club's ambition and I completely buy into their vision and share the desire for success."
Chairman Chris Grant added: "It's great news for Derbyshire that we've been able to attract one of the best up and coming coaches around as we strive towards our ambition for sustainable success on the field.
"The pedigree of what he has already achieved in county cricket is there for all to see and he thoroughly deserves this appointment.
"We strongly believe he is the man to lead the delivery of our Elite Cricket Performance structure and ultimately to bring success.
"With Graeme in position and a commitment made to a culture of elite performance, we're all set for an exciting new era starting with the 2014 season."