by Lily Whiting
Jeff Vaughan has bounced between state and national level cricket coaching in the past couple of years but as of April, his stumps were firmly in Tasmanian soil for the foreseeable future.
Where in Hobart do you live? Acton Park.
Why Hobart? I moved from Adelaide about five years ago to take up an assistant coaching role with Cricket Tasmania.
Life has gone full circle recently, how are you settling back into the Tassie groove? We love living in Hobart; the close proximity to everything, the ease and relaxed nature of life, and the friendly atmosphere shared by all. Whilst the climate may be a little cooler than the mainland, I certainly believe the winters are far better here with the beautiful calm blue sky days abundant throughout the winter.
Tell us a little about your work? I’m currently head coach of the men’s Tasmania Tigers team as well as the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL. We are currently about a third of the way through the season – we’ve been playing Sheffield Shield (four day) and One-Day cricket with the Tigers so far, and we are about to embark on the BBL competition with the Hobart Hurricanes.
What new-found knowledge from your time coaching at national level and being part of the team to win Australia’s first ever men’s ICC T20 World Cup are you bringing to the Tigers this season? As cliched as it may sound, the importance of teamwork, committing to fundamentals which gives a chance for success and sticking together – even when it seems like it’s not working, have faith that you have done the work, put in the preparation, and that if you hold strong, the rewards will come.
How does your approach to coaching at a state level differ from National? The main difference between coaching at international and domestic level is the preparation time between playing performances. The Australian team has a heavier playing schedule across 11 months of the year as opposed to domestic cricket which is a six-month season. There is minimal time between each match, each series and even between each format across T20, one-day and Test match cricket. Therefore, players at international level are always in preparation to perform mode as opposed to domestic level cricketers who often have pre-season periods of three to four months which gives them a capability to reconstruct certain components or deficiencies in their games. International players’ downtime can often be as short as a few days or a week or two therefore minimising the time for major overhauls of their games.
How will a five-year tenure affect your approach to coaching? It won’t affect the way I coach whatsoever, but it is nice to know that I get to be a part of this group of players and the journey we are on as a team for an extended period of time.
What do you love doing outside work? My favourite pastimes are fishing, gardening, growing some herbs and veggies, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Who do you admire? My number one would be my mother, who is a strong, compassionate, consistent and loving person. From a professional sense, I admire anyone who is curious, has a hunger to develop and improve, and is seeking ways for better outcomes and potentially breaking traditions.
Favourite podcast or TV show? Most sports on TV and River Cottage. I’m constantly being shared podcasts about many different people and their stories, challenges, successes, and so on.
Secret vice? A cold beer and a bag of salt and vinegar chips.
What gets your goat? Tardiness – don’t be late!
What are your daily news/social media habits? I don’t do social media, but I follow mainstream news outlets. I enjoy reading the Weekend Australian newspaper.
Favourite team? North Broken Hill Bulldogs (AFL), Hawthorn Hawks (AFL) and West Tigers (NRL).
Favourite Hobart secret? So many fishing opportunities on your doorstep!