This week we celebrate Cork Harlequins Cricket Head Coach Ted Williamson.
During this lockdown Ted has engaged with our players, members and many more, inspiring everyone to #staywiththegame with video’s, which contain drills using household items and fun challenges, all of which have been posted on all the Quins platforms. He has also set up 2 Zoom Q&A sessions with Warwickshire's head coach Jim Troughton and Ireland men's Captain, Andrew Balbirnie over the last few weeks, with more to come. All sessions have being both informative, fun and engaging with all members taking home some valuable tips and stories.
This engagement with our players and members, has really helped during this time, as there is a longing by them to play up the hill during these days. Many players have sent to us videos of their own, showing them practicing their backyard cricket skills. In years gone by, the season would have been up and running with the sound of the ball hitting the willow echoing in Farmers Cross every day.
Bio: Ted is married to Jo-Anne and has two children. The couple are both professional Tennis coaches and have trained many of the youth of Cork through their classes in schools, clubs and squads. Ted also runs Apex Cricket Academy which also runs classes off season. Ted has a great career behind him having been capped for the first time in 1988 against The MCC in 1998. He also represented Ireland A that same year against Bangladesh in Cork. As well as being capped at U21 and U23 levels, he has also represented Munster 80 times. One of his career highlights was representing the MCC versus Ireland A on the hallowed turf of Lords. He has played for Quins for over a decade now and hit a club record score of 201 not out in a match a few years ago versus Limerick Raiders.
Since leaving his financial services career, Ted turned his focus to coaching and steadily gained his cricket coaching badges. He is one of only a handful of coaches in Ireland to earn a Level 4 coaching certificate, when he attended Loughborough University and he is the only coach in the country to hold a Masters degree in Elite Cricket Coaching. Ted has always been thankful to Cricket Ireland and the Munster Cricket Union, who have supported him along his coaching journey. Following a head coach role for Ireland U15’s he moved up the national pathway with involvement in the U17’s and U19’s. In 2015 he was appointed the Head Coach of The Leinster Lightening where they had two successful years winning all 3 competitions in both seasons. On his return to Cork he was appointed head coach of The Munster Reds in 2017 and has held the post ever since. His passion for the game is infectious with all that meet him. He has inspired many in the club to excel at the sport and has overseen the transformation of the coaching, playing methods and culture of the club in the past decade. It is a reflection on him that some 3 youths have gone on to play for Ireland youth and some 20 others playing for Munster.