Former Tasmanian Tigers allrounder and three-time Sheffield Shield champion Luke Butterworth will assume the role of West End Redbacks bowling coach on 17 July.
Butterworth famously won the Man of the Match award in the 2006-07 Pura Cup triumph in what was just his fifth first-class match, scoring 66 and 106, and taking 4-33.
He became known as a finals specialist, featuring in all three of the Tigers’ Sheffield Shield victories averaging 58.7 with the bat (including one century, three 50s) as well as 15 wickets at 24.2.
Retiring from the first-class cricket during the 2015-16 Shield season, Butterworth bowed out as one of the most successful Sheffield Shield bowlers in the last decade, totalling 223 first-class wickets at 24.68.
The 33-year-old made the immediate transition to Cricket ACT as Pathway Manager with a particular focus on women’s cricket, and he has worked as Head Coach for the ACT/NSW Country U19’s and as Assistant Coach for both the ACT Meteors and Comets.
Butterworth took 223 wickets for the Tasmanian Tigers in his first-class career // Getty
General Manager, High Performance Tim Nielsen said that Butterworth will be working as an assistant coach to Jamie Siddons and will also help strengthen the link between junior and senior lines.
"Luke's focus will be assistant to Jamie and the Redbacks in all of their competitions, and additionally, like all of our High Performance coaches, he will work up and down the system with our youth squads and developmental programs to ensure the next group are first-class ready," he said.
"After conducting an extensive nationwide search, we found Luke's high level of experience as a player combined with his work as a coach in the last few years made him a standout candidate for the role."
Butterworth expressed his excitement about working with such a promising Redbacks group.
"I'm very excited for the new role and I think that I can bring in some good experience from my playing days and my coaching," he said.
"I've had 13 years in the first-class system and I've found the transition from player to coach relatively easy with a lot of good people around me.
"The bowling group is pretty set and they're not that old, and now we can really look to bring in the next crop of people if there are injuries or they are chosen for higher honors, and we won't lose any firepower."