Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has made significant changes to the national women’s team technical department after announcing the appointment of former national medium pacer Gary Brent as the new head coach.
The 46-year-old takes over the head coaching duties from Adam Chifo, who has been relieved of his duties.
Brent’s appointment was confirmed during ZC’s virtual board meeting held on Monday.
“Gary Brent has been appointed as head coach of the Zimbabwe senior women’s national team. He replaces Adam Chifo. Brent is a former Zimbabwe bowler who played four Tests, 70 ODIs and three T20Is during his 12-year international career. Since his retirement in 2008, he has over the years gained extensive coaching experience from his involvement with franchise, provincial and youth cricket,” Zimbabwe Cricket said in a statement.
Brent will be assisted by former national women’s cricket team player Sinikiwe Mpofu.
Brent played international cricket for 12 years, before hanging up his spikes in 2008 at the age of 32. He immediately transitioned into coaching after acquiring his Level Three coaching certificate in England.
An all-round sportsman, Brent also holds coaching certificates for hockey and rugby in addition to being a certified fitness instructor.
After coaching at various capacities in Zimbabwe from high school teams to franchise cricket, Brent will be hoping to make an impact in his new role with the Lady Chevrons, who have been making significant strides in international cricket over the last couple of years.
Zimbabwe Senior Women’s National Team Technical Staff:
Gary Brent (head coach), Sinikiwe Mpofu (assistant coach), Trevor Garwe (bowling coach), Trevor Phiri (fielding coach), Keith Kulinga (analyst), Farai Mabasa (physiotherapist), Clement Rizhibowa (fitness trainer), Caroline Nyamande (team manager), Yvonne Mangunda (media manager), Dr Solomon Madzogo (team doctor)