Ghosts name former player as new coach

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Returning to the fold: Graeme Smith has been appointed head coach of the Ghosts cricket club

The Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club have announced that former player Graeme Smith is returning to the fold as head coach.

Smith is leaving his current job as head coach of the Northern Territory Institute of Sport to take the reins at the Ghosts for the rest of the 2015-16 Sydney Grade season.

He will start in February due to prior commitments, including at the Bradman Foundation and Cricket ACT.

The club says the new coach will endeavour to visit throughout January to “meet and greet’’ and have a general look around Raby.

Jamie Malskaitis will be caretaker coach until Smith starts.

The club says Graeme Smith comes to the Ghosts with strong support from those overseeing Cricket NSW’s elite programs.

Smith played 119 matches for the Ghosts in six seasons throughout the mid 1990s, mainly first grade.

He was a prolific all-rounder who scored 3,668 runs and took102 wickets.

He went on to finish his grade cricket career at Bankstown and University of NSW.

Hailing from Albion Park in the Illawarra Region enabled Smith to represent both NSW and Australian Country teams.

The home of the Ghosts, Raby Sports Complex.
The home of the Ghosts, Raby Sports Complex.

♦ His cricket coaching career highlights include:

• eight years on Cricket NSW High Performance/State Cricket Department Coaching Panel (2002 to 2010);

• eleven years as Cricket NSW U17 and/or U19 selector (2002 to 2013);

• three years Country Cricket NSW U21 (Colts) coach/manager 2007 to 2009;

• Country NSW U17 and U19 Coach (2002 to 2010);

• two years University of NSW first grade coach (2006/07/08);

• Bradman Foundation coach 2003 to 2010;

• Head coach Northern Territory Institute of Sport – Cricket Program 2015;

• Northern Territory Cricket Talent Manager 2015;

• Northern Territory Cricket High Performance Manager 2015;

• ICC Coaching Exchange Vanuatu 2005.

Smith has also studied Human Movement at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Apart from coaching and playing cricket, Smith heads a family of three teenage children who are all talented athletes.

He has a trade background in hydraulics and has recently relocated back to the Illawarra.

♦ The Ghosts have also announced that their training dates have now returned to Tuesday and Thursday for men (4pm start) and Wednesday for women. Following a break over the festive season, training resumes in the first week of January.


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