07 Dec 2020
Grey High School head of cricket tops CoachED Elite Accreditation
Durban – Following the completion of the CoachED Cricket Online coaching
Elite Accreditation, Grey High School’s Director of Cricket Mike Smith
emerged as the class leader finishing the twelve week course with 943
points out of 1000.
The former Warriors player transitioned into the coaching sphere after
he called time on his career and has settled back in the Eastern Cape
after a stint with Maritzburg College. Smith counts himself lucky that
his coaching started before his career ended.
“In my last two years as a player with Eastern Province I filled a
mentorship role for the younger guys coming through the system,” Smith
said during a recent Webinar with CoachED.
“There were a lot of young players in the system and I did quite a bit
of coaching them while I was finishing up my career.
“These young players like Jon-Jon Smuts, Colin Ackerman and David White
wanted to learn so I found myself doing quite a bit of coaching.”
After he finished his playing career he completed his CSA Level 3
qualification and has been the Director of Cricket at Grey High for four
His approach to coaching has changed since he took part in the CoachED
course and the insights he has gained have given him a good overview on
how he can improve as a coach but has also reaffirmed certain approaches
he has taken.
“This might sound wrong but we are not bothered about what happens on a
Saturday because we have players in our sides that we want to grow into
the next first class cricketers.
“Can we coach our players to dominate national schools weeks, make the
SA Under 19 side and be ready to make that step up to first class
“Obviously there is a balance that needs to be struck because not all
players in your schools side will be professional cricketers so it is a
delicate balancing act.”
Giving players the opportunity to grow is crucial for school cricketers
and it’s something that Smith emphasises.
“If as a coach you can see that things are going wrong, sometimes it’s
the best opportunity for players to learn and grow.
“Even when you are about to tear your hair out it’s important to see how
things play out and how the players react,” he added.
For more information on CoachED and the accreditation packages that they
offer visit www.coachedcricket.com
For more information on the
African Cricketers Association visit
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Cricket at Grey High School in Port Elizabeth Mike Smith (pictured)
returned the highest score for the CoachED Cricket Elite Accreditation
course when he finished with 943 out of a possible 100 points.
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