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21 February 2012 | PR 12/34

Award winning coach appointed by Loughborough MCCU


Loughborough University has announced that former Leicestershire batsman, Russell Cobb, has been appointed as their new MCCU Head Cricket Coach.

Russell has over 20 years’ experience of youth coaching, and has recently worked as the High Performance Coach at Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

His coaching skills have played a key role in the development of many young players, including current England Lions player James Taylor.

Russell has also recently won an award for outstanding coaching achievement, presented by the Sky Sports ECB Coach Education Programme.

Speaking of his appointment Russell Cobb said:

“It is a great honour to be appointed MCCU Head Cricket Coach at Loughborough University. I have seen for myself how the University’s cricket programme has developed greatly over the last few years since becoming part of the MCC Universities scheme.

“I am looking forward to working with talented athletes and guiding them along their University cricketing pathway. My aim is to continue and develop the good work of Graham Dilley.

“Finally I have loved my time at Leicestershire County Cricket Club and wish the club and staff the best of fortune during the future.”

Jo Emmett, Performance Sport Manager at Loughborough University said:

“I am delighted that Russell has agreed to become our new MCCU Head Cricket Coach.  He has excellent credentials in developing young cricketers.  I look forward to working with him as we begin a new era for cricket at Loughborough.”

Loughborough’s is one of the six MCC Universities (MCCU) - a scheme set up in 2005 to support young talented cricketers to go into higher education by providing them with the best possible opportunities to develop their cricket while at University.

MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said:

“Congratulations to Russell – I am absolutely delighted with his appointment, and wish him every success in the role.

“The world class facilities and superb sporting infrastructure available at Loughborough MCC University, in addition to the conveyor belt of talented young cricketers, presents Russell with a perfect environment to help to produce the next generation of professional players.  I very much look forward to working with him in the years to come.”

MCC Head Coach, Mark Alleyne, said:

“During the interview process Russell really impressed with his passion, innovative ideas, and clear vision, to take the Loughborough MCCU programme forwards.  He has a proven playing and coaching track record, and I am sure that he will be an asset to the MCC Universities scheme on a national level.” 

As a fine right-hand batsman, Russell made 122 first class appearances for Leicestershire in a career that spanned nine years from 1980 to 1989.  During that time, he scored 4,388 runs in first class cricket.

Russell will take up his post from 12 March 2012. He succeeds former coach Graham Dilley, who passed away in October 2011 following a short illness.


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Rob Knott
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Loughborough University
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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 and strong links with industry.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 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.

Loughborough has been selected by the British Olympic Association as the Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The University has also signed a partnership with the Japanese Olympic Committee that will see both organisations working together until the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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