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Vaughan interim Redbacks' coach

Wednesday, 15th December, 2010

Former local Jeff Vaughan Former local Jeff Vaughan

By Peter Argent

The SA Cricket Association board's decision to not renew State coach Mark Sorell's contract beyond its current term, which expires at the end of the season, has elevated Jeff Vaughan to the role of interim coach of the SA Redbacks.

"Out of respect to Mark I have advised him of this decision this morning and he has consequently stepped down as coach of the Redbacks, effective immediately," Jamie Cox, the SACA High Performance director said at a press conference yesterday.

"Mark's current contract will be honoured and he has elected to take this time to pursue other opportunities. 

"The squad has been advised this afternoon and Assistant Coach, Jeff Vaughan will prepare the Redbacks for tomorrow's Ryobi One Day Cup gameagainst the Bushrangers at Adelaide Oval and for the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield match against Victoria starting on Friday."

Vaughan coached the SA Outbacks in 2009 before obtaining his role as a member of the Redbacks coaching staff.

He was the first Favell Foundation recipient, (a foundation which supports rural cricketing proteges as they endeavour to make their way to first class cricket) started his cricket in Broken Hill, playing 28 first class matches and 24 one-day matches between 1997 and 2003.

Vaughan made three first class centuries; with a highest score of 157 not out against Western Australia at the WACA on December 19 and 20, 1998.

The Redbacks already have former Victorian keeper Darren Berry in place to coach the state in the Twenty20 big bash, with Vaughan assisting him.

The SACA are expected to make a decision initially on the remainder of the 2010- 11 Sheff ield Shield and Ryobi Cup one day campaign after this program in January.

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