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Vaughan steps up

Wednesday, 4th February, 2015

Jeff Vaughan slots into top spot. PICTURE: Peter Argent Jeff Vaughan slots into top spot. PICTURE: Peter Argent

By Peter Argent

With Redbacks’ coach Darren Berry taking personal leave from his role, one of Broken Hill’s favourite cricketing sons and SA State assistant coach Jeff Vaughan has moved into the role as caretaker coach in the interim.

“Darren has asked SACA for an extended period of personal leave and we have respected his wishes to do so,” General Manager of High Performance, Tim Neilsen said.

“There has been no time limit put on Darren’s leave and the SACA will give him as much time as he needs.

“I would like to stress that Darren remains the coach of the West End Redbacks and Jeff Vaughan will step into the role in a caretaker position.

“We have fantastic support staff in our ‘High Performance’ department and have every confidence in our coaching team and our senior players to lead the team through the second half of the Sheffield Shield season.”

With no time frame put on Berry’s return to the position, Vaughan will initially take control of the Redbacks for their clash against Western Australia at the WACA ground in Perth this Saturday.

The Redbacks then have a return clash against the Sandgropers at Gliderol Stadium, Glenelg starting on February 16, followed by another home match at the same venue against Tasmania.

This is not the first time that Vaughan has taken charge of the SA state senior team.

Incumbent Mark Sorell abruptly quit as SA coach in December 2010, after being told his contract would not be renewed at season’s end, and Vaughan was the off-field general for the remainder of the summer.

“From my perspective there is no major difference in my role from that last time I took the reins,” Vaughan said to the BDT. 

“There will be some extra leadership and directional aspects and I’ll still be hands on.

“My relationship with the playing group won’t change, and I won’t be reinventing the wheel.

“I know this group very well.

“There are 30 points up for grabs and still a chance for us to make and even host the (Sheffield Shield) final.

“The last five games are all at results venues like Perth and Glenelg.”  

Before getting a role with the Redbacks, Vaughan coached the SA state country side, the SA Outbacks, in the 2009 Australian Country championships in the Barossa Valley.

Always remembered as the first Les Favell scholarship holder to represent SA, Vaughan played first-class cricket for SA from 1996-7 to 2002-3, playing 28 games, making 1459 runs at an average of 31.04 including three centuries and a highest of 157 not out.

A stylish middle order bat he also participated in 24 one-day matches in the red and black.

Currently, the SA Redbacks are fifth on the Sheffield Shield ladder with one win, three losses and an abandoned game.

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