Paul Shaw appointed permanent Women's Head Coach
Shaw will combine Head Coach duties across Thunder, Lancashire Women and Manchester Originals
Lancashire Cricket is delighted to announce the permanent appointment of Paul Shaw as Women's Head Coach.
Shaw was Head Coach of Thunder on an interim basis this summer and led the newly established side - which represents Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria - through its Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy campaign.
The 48-year-old will now continue in the role permanently, while also taking over the reins of both Lancashire Women and Manchester Originals.
Shaw guided a young, inexperienced Thunder side to two victories in the North Group, handing out six professional debuts while encouraging a positive brand of cricket.
Previously, Shaw has held several roles working within women’s cricket for the England & Wales Cricket Board [ECB]. He joined the ECB in 2007 as Coach Education and Training Manager before becoming England Women’s Academy Head Coach a year later.
He then progressed to High Performance Manager at the ECB and, in 2013, Shaw was appointed as Head of England Women’s Performance and oversaw Ashes wins both at home and in Australia.
Speaking about the appointment, David Thorley, Regional Director of Women’s Cricket for the North West, said: “I am thrilled that we have been able to secure Paul’s services on a permanent contract.
“He made a huge impact on the players in a short space of time this summer and I am really excited that he will now continue that work over a prolonged period.
“This now offers continuity to the culture and ideas which Paul and his team started to implement into the group this summer.
“As well as his role with the regional Thunder side, Paul will lead the Lancashire Women and Manchester Originals in 2021 and both squads will feature players who have played under and bought into his brand of cricket already this summer.”
Shaw, who was one of the first graduates of the ECB's highly successful Level 4 coaching programme, commented: “I am really pleased to have been offered the opportunity to continue the project which was started this summer.
“It was a really productive, albeit short, summer of cricket and as a side we had some excellent days and some tough days, but I believe that all of our players made huge strides forward.
“I am also looking forward to coaching the Manchester Originals side in The Hundred which will involve working with some of the world’s best, while continuing the progression of our own North West crop of players.”