Scolls & Sydney Sixers Head Coach Greg Shipperd

“I’ve just come off coaching Steve Smith in the Big Bash…and he is so similar to Ricky. They train forever, they get access to a lot of balls, a lot of bowlers, a lot of throw downs so they’re well resourced, but theres still got to be a want to do that and a hunger…

Today’s guest is one of the most successful coaches in the world and as I coach myself I was thrilled to pick the brains of one of the best. Greg Shipperd had an excellent career as a player scoring almost 7,000 first-class runs at an average over 42 with a highest-score of 200* but I think it’s fair to say, he’s made even more of an impact on the game as a coach. 

Shipperd started his coaching in Tasmania where he mentored young guns Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson before he shifted to coach Victoria in one of their most successful eras. In all he coached the Vics to 4 Sheffield Shield titles, one National One-Day Cup and four T20 titles. 

He was also the inaugural coach of the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League for 4 seasons and most recently just become a big bash winning coach as his Sydney Sixers side just won BBL09. 

This is a really insightful conversation with someone I really admire and hope to learn more from as my coaching career progresses. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.

In this episode we discussed:

  • How to build a winning culture
  • What makes a player great
  • The importance of mental skills to high-performance
  • What made Ricky Ponting so great and the mindset he took into the nets
  • Steve Smith’s work ethic and how it made others follow his lead
  • His batting philosophy of squash, punch, crunch
  • What he focuses on when coaching junior cricketers
  • PLUS a whole lot more

We hope you enjoy it!