Graham Dilley, Head Coach of Loughborough University Cricket, recently died after a short illness. Graham had been the Cricket Head Coach at Loughborough University since 2000.
He was an outstanding coach, contributing significantly to Loughborough’s development as an MCC cricket Centre of Excellence and playing a key role in its unparalleled success over recent years. He saw many of his Loughborough students’ progress into county and national representative cricket; notable alumni include England international Monty Panesar.
Tamsin Beaumont, Captain of the Loughborough Women’s MCCU club and current England international said: “Graham Dilley was absolutely amazing. He would watch you in the nets and ask how you think you’re going. He really cared about how you were. Not just how your cricket was but within life; how you were off the field as a person.
“He was absolutely massive to me. He was always willing to chat about cricket, what’s going on and how to improve. If I had any doubts he would silence them or give me another insight into how to cope with things.”
Prior to his appointment at Loughborough, Graham enjoyed spells as an Assistant Coach with the England Men’s team and Bowling Coach to the England Women’s team.
Before his involvement in coaching Graham made his name as a fine cricketer who received his first England call up at the age of 20. The former Kent and Worcestershire fast bowler played 41 Test Matches and 36 One-Day Internationals for England during a ten year international career which encompassed two Ashes wins in 1981 and 1986-87.
Chris Earle, Director of Sport at Loughborough University said: “We were devastated to hear the news that Graham had passed away. He has made his mark on the world of cricket, not just through his success as a player, but also for his contribution as our cricket coach over the last 11 years. Graham will be sadly missed, but his legacy at Loughborough will remain thanks to the excellent cricket environment that he played a significant role in creating.”