Zimbabwe-born ex-cricket star Glenn Querl named Ireland Women acting head coach ahead of Netherlands tour

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Dublin , Ireland - 9 May 2021; Scorchers head coach Glenn Querl before the third match of the Arachas Super 50 Cup between Scorchers and Typhoons at Rush Cricket Club in Rush, Dublin. (Photo By Harry Murphy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Harare – Former Zimbabwe youth international cricketer Glenn Querl continues to make strides in his coaching career after being elevated to the position of acting head coach for Ireland Women team ahead of their tour of the Netherlands.

Querl, 35, is contracted with Cricket Ireland as their Women’s Performance and Pathway Coach.

He has also previously worked with the national under-age boys and girls system prior to be named head coach of Super Series side Scorchers in 2020.

In a statement Thursday, Cricket Ireland revealed that Querl will step into the head coach role as a development opportunity on the upcoming tour to the Netherlands for a three-match T20 International series next week.

Ireland Women’s full-time head Coach Ed Joyce, who will travel on the tour in an acting assistant coach role, said:

“With the increasing fixture list and touring schedule from next year and beyond, we are looking to develop the experience and skill sets in our coaching leadership to ensure we have the capacity to oversee the senior programme and maintain the high standards and expectations we set for ourselves. I have full confidence that Glenn will step up successfully, but believe that you need actual experience to truly test yourself.

“Just like players, coaches need to challenge themselves constantly – that leads to improvement, innovation and a sense of direction in the role. And when coaches are motivated, it rubs off on players.”

Glenn Querl

Querl took the Ireland Under-19s Women’s squad to the ICC Women’s Under-19 World Cup in January.

He has been working within the Irish women’s programme for the last three-and-a-half years, having spent eight years coaching men’s and women’s cricket in the UK.

He was additionally head coach of the Scorchers in the Evoke Super Series winning back-to-back 50-over and T20 titles.

On the playing front, Querl2009, Querl first came to attention as a cricketer of potential in primary school in Zimbabwe, and represented Zimbabwe Under-19 at the Afro-Asia Cup in 2005 and the Under-19 World Cup in 2006.

He also played first-class and List A cricket in Zimbabwe and England, where he rose to become a member of the ECB Unicorns squad and an MCC Young Cricketers Club.

Querl said: “I was absolutely thrilled and buzzing after the conversation with Ed about this opportunity. It’s a great chance for me to take some more responsibility within the group and I can’t thank Ed and Cricket Ireland enough for giving me this chance to lead the team in the Netherlands tour.

“This opportunity will help me to further develop and grow as a coach. It’s an invaluable chance for me to experience what it is like to coach at the highest level. Having worked with this group of players for a couple of years, I feel very privileged to lead them and I am so excited to continue to watch them grow and shine at international level.”

Querl is the son renowned former Falcon College headmaster Reg Querl, who is widely credited with developing the sporting careers of some of the country’s finest sportspersons during his time at the Esigodini-based school and earlier stints at Marondera High School and Porterhouse College.

The younger Querl says he draws his coaching inspiration from his childhood experiences in Zimbabwe.

“I grew up on a boarding school campus and both my parents were coaches at national level in different sports, so I have had an interest in coaching from a young age. I worked as a PE teacher and had to constantly come up with novel ways to reach all the students. The same goes for coaching, players learn in different ways and it’s really important to keep providing new techniques and different ways to achieve certain skills.

“In recent times, I have been using social media to analyse other coaches approaches to come up with ideas that we can adapt to suit our players. I have also learned a lot from working closely with Ed for the past few years, especially on the batting front.”

 

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