Western Warriors | Coaching Staff


Justin Langer AM
Head Coach
Born: 21 November 1970
Langer was appointed Head Coach of both the Warriors and Perth Scorchers in November 2012 for the remainder of the 2012-13 summer and a further three seasons.
 
Langer served as batting coach with the Australian team for three years. He took on the role shortly after ending his playing career with Somerset at the 2009 Champions League Twenty20 in India.
 
One of the greats of WA cricket, Langer played 118 first class matches in 17 seasons and scored 9951 runs at 51.03, with 39 50s and 29 100s. He retired as the highest run-scorer for WA in first class cricket and was also the first WA player to reach 100 one-day matches for the State, scoring 3374 domestic runs at 38.78.
 
Langer represented his country in 105 Test matches, scoring 7696 runs at an average of 45.27, with 23 100s and 30 50s. He bowed out of international cricket on the highest possible note after playing a major role in Australia’s five-nil Ashes whitewash of England in 2006-07.
 
A proud and passionate West Australian, Langer played in two Sheffield Shield wins with the Warriors, captained a domestic one-day title-winning team, and took out the Gold Cup for the State’s most outstanding cricketer at all levels on three occasions.


Adam Griffith
Assistant Coach
Griffith, a tall right arm paceman, was a member of the PKF Tasmanian Tigers squad for nine years before retiring from interstate cricket at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season and taking on a full-time role at the WACA as Bowling Coach and Head Coach of the WA Under 19 male team.

The move of Mickey Arthur to the Australian Head Coach role and Lachlan Stevens' elevation to succeed Arthur with the Warriors and Perth Scorchers opened the door for Griffith to slot in to the Assistant Coach position.

He played 45 Sheffield Shield and Pura Cup matches for the Tigers and is their fifth highest wicket-taker in the history of the Australian interstate first class competition with 158 at an average of 32.77 and a best of 7-54 against Victoria in 2004-05 at Bellerive Oval.

Griffith is also Tasmania's fifth highest wicket-taker in the national one-day competition with 56 scalps, and played 12 Twenty20 matches whilst lining up for Leicestershire in the 2006 English county season.

Griffith has completed a Bachelor of Human Movement from the University of Tasmania, and is currently undertaking a Masters in Sports Coaching at the University of Queensland.

Geoff Marsh
Assistant Coach
Marsh is a former Western Australia captain, Test opening batsman and Australia coach. In his role, Marsh will facilitate the identification and development of male athletes in the WACA Development Squad, and will also coach the WA Futures Leagues, whilst providing specialist coaching throughout the senior male high performance programs.

Marsh played 50 Test matches and 117 One-Day Internationals for Australia, including being part of the triumphant 1989 World Cup side. He has a wealth of coaching experience having retired as a player in 1994, before becoming Australia coachi n 1996 and leading the side to World Cup glory in 1999. He coached Zimbabwe from 2001 to 2004, as well as IPL franchise Pune Warriors, Sri Lanka and WA district club Fremantle, before returning to the WACA in his current role in May 2012.



David Fitzgerald
Development Coach- Under 19s
Fitzgerald is an ex-first class batsman who played with Western Australia and South Australia from 1994 to 2003 and has worked in coaching in the decade since retirement. In his role, Fitzgerald will facilitate the identification and development of male players for the National Under 19 Championships, and act as the Futures League Assistant Coach alongside Geoff Marsh.

Following his playing retirement, Fitzgerald filled a variety of roles at the WACA from 2005 to 2009, including Coaching Officer, Cricket Officer and High Performance Coach. He then moved to Queensland to become Batting Coach and Head Coach of the Australian Under 19s program at Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence. He returned to the WACA in June 2012 in his current role.


Wayne Andrews
Development Coach - Under 17s
Andrews is an experienced coach and former Western Australian batsman who brings a wealth of experience to the squad. In his role, Andrews works closely alongside WACA Talent Coordinator Lindsay Flinn and coordinates the development of players in the male Under-17 program, while also providing specialist coaching support throughout senior male high performance programs.

Andrews played 82 first class matches for WA, making 4292 runs at 37.64. He has extensive coaching experience having held a number of roles at WACA, club and school level over the past 20 years. In addition to his club roles at Gosnells and Wanneroo, Andrews has also had successful tenures at Wesley College and Guildford Grammar while also developing a reputation as a highly respected private coach and mentor of young players.


Nick Jones
Physiotherapist
Jones is an APA-titled sports physiotherapist who joined the WACA in 2012 to work with the Western Warriors and Perth Scorchers. Perth-raised, Jones brings a wealth of experience in sports physiotherapy having worked with the Melbourne Victory Football Club, the Western Bulldogs Football Club, the Eastern Ranges TAC Cup club, the West Coast Eagles, the Australian Under 18 & Under 16 basketball and hockey championships, and the East Perth Football Club. Nick oversees the medical department at the WACA and works closely with conditioning staff to ensure injury prevention and optimised player performance.
 

Warren Andrews
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
Andrews joined the WACA ahead of the 2013-14 season, taking over as the Western Warriors’ head strength and conditioning coordinator from the long-serving Steve Smith.

Andrews has previously spent half a decade working with the Australian Rugby Union and also several years at A-League club Perth Glory. He has also completed specialist rehabilitation consultation work with elite WA athletes and is a fitness guru.


Dean Plunkett
Performance Analysis Coordinator
Plunkett joined the WACA in 2005 in a role that allows him to apply knowledge of video, stats and bowling actions. He graduated from The University of Western Australia in 2003, completing a Bacherlor of Science with Honours in Exercise and Health Science, and First Class Honours in Biomechanics, and worked for the Australian Institute of Sport Biomechanics Department to service Cricket Australia athletes from 2004 to 2005.
 

Shani Blay
Physiotherapist
Blay has worked at the WACA since graduating with distinction from Curtin University in 2007. She also works part-time at Body Logic Physiotherapy in Claremont. Blay has been the physio for the State Under 16 football team for the past seven years and worked with WAFL clubs whilst completing her studies. She has also completed Level 1 & 2 Sports Physio Australia courses.