The King’s School has appointed long-serving and respected county pace bowler Andrew Harris as their new specialist cricket coach.
An elite Level 4 English Cricket Board master coach ‘Honest AJ’, as he was known on the county circuit for nearly 20 years, will drive forward cricket coaching at The King’s School, working with Head of Cricket Steve Moores to develop the game at the top Macclesfield independent school.
Despite the weather, he is already running winter training and coaching sessions at all age levels aiming to attract new players and maintain King’s reputation, as recently verified by Wisden, as one of the country’s very best cricket academies.
In seven seasons with Derbyshire, nine with Nottinghamshire, two with Leicester and various loan spells at the end of his career, Andrew took 451 first class wickets at an average of 32 with a further 214 one day wickets. His batting was a little less impressive averaging nine as a gritty tail-ender, but as he admits, “the sort of player I would have loved to bowl at.”
He toured Australia with England A in 1996 and in 2005 with Ryan Sidebottom and Greg Smith made up Nottinghamshire’s fearsome county title pace attack, taking a stunning 6 for 76 against Kent to clinch the championship ahead of rivals Hampshire.
Brought up in Tintwistle and now living in Buxton with his wife of 17 years Kate and two sons, he is looking forward to the challenge.
“King’s has produced some exceptional cricketers over many decades and as we are now looking forward to some fantastic new facilities at the proposed new school, it’s a wonderful time to be joining a forward looking Sports Department. My advice to anyone coaching a young player is to accentuate the positives. Look to enhance a young player’s strengths rather than pick on their weaknesses, and add extra technical and mental skills as they progress.”
Steve Moores said: “AJ is not only an immensely talented cricketer with a huge reservoir of knowledge, but an incredibly enthusiastic and engaging personality with a love of game shown by the fact that he continues to turn out for Tintwistle and help run the club. The pupils are already enjoying his sessions, even if it is three jumper weather. ”