Former Australia wicket-keeper Julia Price has been appointed as Brisbane Heat’s assistant coach for the upcoming season, becoming the first-ever female coach in the tournament’s history.
Price will work alongside head coach Darren Lehmann, assistant coach James Hopes, bowling coach Ryan Harris, and coaching assistant Gavin Fitness.
She will take up the role mid-way season when bowling coach Ryan Harris will take up his duties with the Australia Under-19 World Cup squad.
"I'm pretty excited about that, I have to admit," she said on Channel Seven’s broadcast of the WBBL final. "I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to be around the guys and seeing how they do it differently to what the girls do.
"Having been in the Hurricanes set-up for the WBBL, it will be interesting to see how the BBL does it. I had a bit to do with the Hurricanes boys but this will be a completely different level now... I can learn off both the players and the coaching staff," she added.
Price, who represented Australia in 10 Tests and 84 ODIs, is currently the coach of USA Women’s side after previously coaching Tasmania and the WBBL Hobart Hurricanes for the first three seasons.
“We’d been chatting about whether there were some professional development opportunities for her through her USA role and we just went from there,’’ Lehmann said of Price.
“She has an excellent cricket brain and plenty of experience as a head coach, so I can see her fitting quite neatly into our set-up.
"We knew we had Ryan Harris with us for the start of the BBL before he goes to the U19 World Cup, but there was still a position available for us to fill on the coaching staff and we thought this was a great chance to innovate and think outside the box."