The NSW Breakers will have a new Head Coach for the 2021-22 season, with current Coach Dom Thornely to take on a new role within the Male Pathway.

Thornely was the head coach of the Breakers during the last two seasons, finishing the WNCL in second in 2019-20 and fourth in 2020-21.

Cricket NSW Head of Female Cricket Leah Poulton said Thornely had laid a strong foundation for future success.

“I would like to thank Dom for his contribution to the Breakers program,” Poulton said.

“Dom has worked as both an Assistant and Head Coach over the past four seasons and over that time he has overseen the development of our next generation of athletes.

“He leaves the program with strong foundations and I wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Cricket NSW Head of Cricket Greg Mail said CNSW was always looking to improve and strengthen all their teams on and off the field and this move aligned with those goals.

“Like we do every season we have reviewed all of our elite programs and as part of that concluded that it was important that Dom’s expertise was not lost to the organisation, and that his skillset is best suited to contributing in the Male Pathways area,” Mail said.

“He may not have achieved everything he set out to do with the Breakers but his coaching career continues to develop.

“Dom will start his new role with a focus on developing young talent in Country NSW and we are really excited to see the impact he can make.”

Thornely said the benefits of working for an organisation like Cricket NSW allowed for him to continue developing as a coach in another area.

“As a coach, it is important to experience a broad range of coaching opportunities,” Thornely said. 

“I have really enjoyed my time in the Female programme but the one area I haven’t had an opportunity to explore is the Male Pathway.

“I believe my playing experiences will compliment my coaching background in this role and I look forward to the challenge of developing future Test cricketers.

“I enjoy working in an organisation such as CNSW that provides such a diverse range of career opportunities.”

The role of Head Coach of the NSW Breakers will be advertised in due course.