Nic Pothas

On Tuesday 11th December 2012 Nic Pothas was appointed as Director of Cricket to take effect from 1st January 2013

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The BBC national website announced it:    Nic Pothas named as Guernsey’s new director of cricket

The Guernsey Cricket Board have announced Nic Pothas as their new director of cricket. The former South Africa international has previously played for Cenkos Centurions in Guernsey’s Twenty20 Premier League (GPL). ‘I am looking forward to the opportunity of joining such an ambitious organisation,’ Pothas said. ‘Nic brings drive and a steely determination that will serve us all well’,  said Mark Latter, Guernsey Cricket Board CEO

Pothas added, ‘Using my experience, knowledge and energy to take Guernsey Cricket through the next phase of their development.’  Pothas retired from the county game two summers ago and finished with the highest average of any wicketkeeper in Hampshire’s 150-year history. He added, ‘Being involved in the GPL allowed me to meet some fantastic people with infectious love for Guernsey cricket and the island, and I cannot wait to become a part of that too.’

Mark Latter, the CEO of the Guernsey Cricket Board, has been part of the interview process since Andy Cornford stepped down as Guernsey coach in September. ‘”Our shortlist was very strong and it was a tough decision,’ Latter said. ‘But Nic really impressed us and clearly has the desire and energy to make a real impact in the island. He brings drive and a steely determination that will serve us all well. We’ll set some tough targets but I have a feeling Nic can make these happen. It is fair to say that some momentum has been lost recently’. Pothas concluded, ‘”The next few years will bring much hard work for all involved but also some exciting times, and I can’t wait to get started on this next part of our journey.’

Hampshire CCC announced on their website:    Former Hampshire wicketkeeper takes on new role.

Former Hampshire wicketkeeper, Nic Pothas, has been announced as the Director of Cricket for Channel Island, Guernsey. The role will also include that of National Coach and will see Pothas responsible for seeking to take the 31st-ranked ODI team in the world onto bigger and better things. Pothas, who scored 7,549 runs at 43.88 in 132 First-Class matches for Hampshire, left the Club at the end of the 2011 season after nine immensely successful seasons at The Ageas Bowl. Among his achievements on the South Coast were those of breaking the Hampshire record for the number of dismissals in an innings, taking seven victims at Old Trafford. He also equalled the Hampshire record of ten dismissals in a match and shared, with Andy Bichel, Hampshire’s record eighth-wicket partnership of 257 v Gloucestershire at Cheltenham. In limited-overs matches he was often extremely effective, not least in the two Cup Finals that Hampshire won with him in the side. In 2005 he opened the batting and his half-century set Hampshire on their way. In 2009 he batted virtually on one leg, seeing Hampshire to victory in the company of Chris Benham.

Dave Nussbaumer, the incoming GCB Chairman, described the appointment as ‘the biggest decision local cricket has ever made’. In his weekly sports roundup Rob Batiste stated, ‘Considering the investment in tough economic times he (Nussbaumer) may well be right. But there is something impressive about Pothas and I sense a steely resolve in the 39-year-old, who is not coming to the island to cruise which the local game, in general, has often been guilty of in recent times as they benefited from considerable investment from the International Cricket Council. The GCB has gone with the man who clearly wants to make his way in cricket coaching spheres and in so doing spurned the temptation of biting on the hook dangled by a host of big names in the game. Pothas was a hard player, a real team man, who got the best out of himself. If he can make Guernsey’s age-group sides and the senior team play in the image of himself, then he will be all the better for it – perhaps much, much better.’

 ‘Pothas reign ends’      by Matt Lihou

NIC POTHAS’ three-year stint as Guernsey’s director of cricket has come to an end after the South African decided to step down from his role. After arriving in the island at the start of 2013 following a successful application process, the former international and Hampshire wicket-keeper made wholesale changes to the personnel in Guernsey’s first team. Despite poor results early on, they have since picked up to such an extent with a new-look young team that he leaves with an inter-insular win and promotion from WCL Division Six under his belt. His time in charge has earned praise from Jamie Nussbaumer, whose instalment as captain was one of Pothas’ first decisions upon starting the job. ‘Nic joined us when a lot of senior players were coming to the end of their careers and he worked hard to bring through an exciting young group to replace them,’ he said. ‘Given our recent success, the future for Guernsey cricket looks very bright. Nic’s technical coaching ability was important, but possibly the most valuable aspects he brought to Guernsey cricket was his work ethic and focus on what he would call the controllables.

Pothas admits he has mixed feelings on leaving his job, which will see a replacement advertised for from as early as next week. ‘It has been a privilege to work with such a dedicated and talented group of cricketers and I feel very fortunate to have cut my coaching teeth in such a fantastic place,’ he said. ‘Moving on is always a mix of excitement for the future whilst knowing you will miss those you have worked with for so long. ‘The experience I have gained with Guernsey leaves me ready to make my next move in the coaching world and, having finished this season on a high it now feels like the right time to make this move.’

From ITV Channel TV

The Ravenscroft Coach of the Year Award 2015 Winner – Nic Pothas from Guernsey Cricket

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Nic Pothas helped transform Guernsey Cricket during his three year tenure. In 2015 the players that he kept faith in delivered the sort of performance he always promised they could. With tears in his eyes Pothas saw Guernsey beat Jersey for the first time since he took over before leaving to take up a role with Leicestershire’s Academy. Guernsey’s former Director of Cricket Nic Pothas believed he helped change the culture of the sport in the island ahead of schedule as he reflected on his three year tenure with the Sarnians. Pothas, who is nominated for the Ravenscroft Coach of the Year at the 2015 Channel Islands Sports awards, oversaw a huge shift in style and personnel during his time in the job. It culminated with Guernsey sealing an immediate return to World Cricket League 5 in September after a hugely impressive victory over Jersey to regain the inter-insular trophy. But Pothas had to endure some testing times before overseeing such success – his side were relegated from Division 5 in Malaysia in March 2014 without winning a meaningful match. The former Hampshire wicket-keeper believes once he had identified the players who had committed to being successful his task became a lot easier.

Like in any new process there’s going to be people who leave the process and there’s going to be people that buy into the process. When I took it over it was certainly in need of a shake-up and to do it in a pretty short period of time – three years – I’m very proud of that. Most importantly we’ve actually got ourselves to the starting line rather than to a finishing point.

– NIC POTHAS

 

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