New Zealand name Hesson as new cricket coach after Wright stands down
07:50 GMT, 20 July 2012
Former Otago and Kenya coach Mike Hesson has been appointed New Zealand coach on a deal which runs until the end of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
The withdrawal of Matthew Mott from consideration left Hesson the last man standing for the job of succeeding John Wright, who announced in May that he would not be extending his contract.
The 37-year-old Hesson feels privileged to have been handed the role.
New man in charge: Mike Hesson takes over the New Zealand cricket team
'I'm a proud Kiwi and very much a true believer in New Zealand cricket,' he said at a press conference in Auckland. 'That means I honour the cricket traditions but it also means I am excited about the future of cricket in New Zealand.
'I haven't been appointed to warm the seat for a couple of years and I feel confident I am certainly going to bring some value to the role.'
Hesson's first assignment will be to take the New Zealand team to India after the completion of the tour to the West Indies, when Wright bows out.
'Having the opportunity to coach the Black Caps is very special for me,' Hesson added.
'I am passionate about cricket in New Zealand and doing the best job I can for the players and the fans of cricket in this country.'
'My coaching philosophy is essentially built around setting world-class standards to produce excellence and that's what I intend to do with the Black Caps.
'It's a big challenge but one I'm ready for and excited about.”
He will become New Zealand's fourth coach in as many years since the departure of the last long-term incumbent, John Bracewell, in December 2008.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White was thrilled to have secured Hesson's services for the next three years.
'Mike has all the right attributes we are looking for in a national coach and we are delighted have him through to the ICC World Cup 2015,' White said.
White outlined what he called a “rigorous” recruitment process, which had seen 26 potential coaches around the world contacted.
Four contenders entered an interview process which involved White, NZC's director of cricket John Buchanan, board member Rob Hart, NZ high performance sport chief executive Alex Baumann and former national captain Stephen Fleming.
The panel had been unanimous in the choice of Hesson, according to White, and the NZC board had endorsed that decision.
White added: 'It's been a lengthy process, but we've been absolutely conscious of getting the right person and we are very, very confident we have got the right person.
'He's very well organised, he's got great management skills, great communication skills, technically he's very sound as a coach as well and I know that he will empower not only the players but also the support staff as well. The team will very much function as one.'