Loughborough University has announced that former Leicestershire batsman, Russell Cobb, has been appointed as their new MCCU Head Cricket Coach.
Cobb has over 20 years’ experience of youth coaching, and moves from his role as High Performance Coach at Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
His coaching skills have played a key role in the development of countless young players, including highly rated young England international James Taylor.
Cobb has also recently won an award for outstanding coaching achievement, presented by the Sky Sports ECB Coach Education Programme.
Cobb replaces the late Graham Dilley, who died in October 2011 after working at Loughborough for a decade.
Speaking of his appointment Cobb described his appointment as an honour.
He said: "I have seen for myself how the University’s cricket programme has developed greatly over the last few years since becoming part of the MCC Universities scheme.
“I am looking forward to working with talented athletes and guiding them along their University cricketing pathway. My aim is to continue and develop the good work of Graham Dilley.
“Finally I have loved my time at Leicestershire County Cricket Club and wish the club and staff the best of fortune during the future.”
Jo Emmett, Performance Sport Manager at Loughborough University added: “I am delighted that Russell has agreed to become our new MCCU Head Cricket Coach. He has excellent credentials in developing young cricketers. I look forward to working with him as we begin a new era for cricket at Loughborough.”
Loughborough’s is one of the six MCC Universities (opens in a new window) - a scheme set up in 2005 to support young talented cricketers to go into higher education by providing them with the best possible opportunities to develop their cricket while at University.
MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, offered his congratulations to Cobb.
The former England batsman said: “I wish Russell every success in the role.
“The world class facilities and superb sporting infrastructure available at Loughborough MCC University, in addition to the conveyor belt of talented young cricketers, presents Russell with a perfect environment to help to produce the next generation of professional players. I very much look forward to working with him in the years to come.”
MCC Head Coach, Mark Alleyne, added: “During the interview process Russell really impressed with his passion, innovative ideas, and clear vision, to take the Loughborough MCCU programme forwards.
"He has a proven playing and coaching track record, and I am sure that he will be an asset to the MCC Universities scheme on a national level.”
Loughborough’s is one of the six MCCUs (opens in a new window) - a scheme set up in 2005 to support young talented cricketers to go into higher education by providing them with the best possible opportunities to develop their cricket while at University.