Former second XI coach Keagan Moore has been named head coach of Pirates Cricket Club in Johannesburg.
Moore has succeeded former first XI head coach Kerran St Clair, who has relocated to the United Kingdom.
“With the departure of Kerran, who did an exceptional role in rebuilding the player base and improving the quality of cricket at the club over a four-year stint, we have appointed Keagan to the head coach position,” read a statement from Pirates Cricket Club.
“Keagan was instrumental in the recent resurgence at Pirates that saw all three senior teams finish in the top four of their respective leagues. This season, Pirates will look to build on a very good 2021-22 season by challenging for league wins and promotions across all three senior teams.
“Keagan’s cricket coaching journey began in 2016 just after finishing matric. He started off at Dainfern College’s mini cricket program. From there, Keagan moved to Ray Jennings’ academy. Over time, he progressed through the ranks into high-school coaching.
“Keagan has coached in the Northern Suburbs Saturday Schools Cricket League structures. In 2020, Keagan became involved in video and data analysis for the Lions for a short period, eventually moving to the Central Gauteng Strikers, where he coached into early 2021.”
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What Pirates Cricket Club first XI captain Chad Roberts said
“Keagan was fantastic as an assistant coach and data analyst last season, adding incredible value as a technical advisor to all the players,” said Roberts.
“I think it is a great progression to have him as head coach after a year with the group. Everyone appreciates having a coach who is currently involved with the Lions and his high-performance attitude has been great for the players.
“He has helped all of us grow as cricketers and I know he has all the tools to take the team to new heights.”
Pirates Cricket Club’s first XI will compete in the 2022-23 Lions Cricket premier league B.