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5 October 2011 | PR 11/121

A tribute to Loughborough University cricket coach Graham Dilley

Graham Dilley

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Graham Dilley, Head Coach of Loughborough University Cricket, has died after a short illness.

Graham has 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 has also seen many of his Loughborough students progress into county and national representative cricket, notable alumni include England international Monty Panesar.

Chris Earle, Director of Sport at Loughborough University said:
“We are devastated to hear the news that Graham has 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.”

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.

John Stephenson, MCC’s Head of Cricket, said:
“I’m extremely sad to hear of Graham’s death.  He was a world-class bowler who I played against many times and he became a very good friend.  As a coach, he made a huge impact as part of the MCC Universities programme; he was central to the progress made at Loughborough over the last decade and he will be much missed by all of us at the Club.”

ECB Chief Executive David Collier said:
“Graham made a life-long contribution to the game of cricket at all levels and we are deeply saddened by the sad news this morning. He will be fondly remembered for his contributions both as a player and a coach.

“Graham inspired many young cricketers through the University programme and was a highly respected coach to our representative teams. Few will forget his contribution during the historic Ashes win at Headingley in 1981 and the part he played in two Ashes series victories. Graham will be sadly missed by all his friends throughout cricket and ECB sends our deepest condolences to Graham’s family.”

ECB Managing Director – England Cricket Hugh Morris said:
“This is very sad news for Graham’s many friends and colleagues in cricket both in this country and overseas. As well as being a bowler of the highest class, Graham made an immense contribution to our game as a coach and his ability to impart his knowledge and wisdom to future generations of young cricketers will be sorely missed. “

Graham Dilley, international cricketer and visionary coach died aged 52.

−ENDS−

For all media enquiries contact:

Rob Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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