Q & A: UK Coaching Week - Kieran's Career
UK Coaching Week 2022 is taking place from 6 -12 June.
To help celebrate and promote the amazing work cricket coaches have been doing, we caught up with Kieran Rogers, a coach from Pro Coach Yorkshire, who we work alongside with our award-winning Yorkshire Cricket College to provide our students with the very best cricket and health and wellbeing support.
Kieran opens up about his coaching journey – from playing amateur cricket in South Africa to becoming a professional coach in Headingley.
Here is Kieran’s story…
How did you first get into cricket coaching?
I’m from South Africa and played the game in my hometown at a representative level up until I was about 19 years old, when I decided to take a gap year in Zimbabwe. After this, I finished school and then got a job where I headed up the cricket programme at a small academic school. I became inspired by one of my coaches when I was at school and so I chose to go into coaching and structured my career around coaching.
What made you decide to move over to England?
I was at the school where I coached for three years and then I got to the point where I wanted a change and a challenge. I always wanted to move over to England to play club cricket, so I signed myself up to some agencies who got me a gig over here in Bradford. I stayed in Bradford for three months and then got in touch with Pro Coach. I’ve been here for five years, and my coaching career has grown and developed from the very first day I started here.
What have been the major differences between your time coaching in South Africa compared to here?
My main foundation of coaching has been through Pro Coach and the English system. South Africa is a much more disciplinarian environment whereas over here it’s more player centred. The cricketers here can almost dictate their own environment whereas in South Africa it’s very coach led. I have developed massively as a coach here as it is more about the person I’m coaching rather than myself which has been a huge learning curve.
I have developed tenfold over here both as a human being and as a professional coach. I can’t say a bad word about the mentoring system we’ve got. We are probably the only company in the country who has five full-time level 3 coaches. Being able to work with people like David Wainwright, an ex-county professional, and working with professionals almost on a daily basis is really amazing! The ability to network with the best and understand how they’ve got to their level is extremely insightful.
What would you say has been your biggest achievement to date?
Being involved in the county age group system last year and working with the under-13’s was definitely a highlight. However, I would probably have to say that working with the American Trailblazers when I travelled over to Los Angeles and coached them and won in both tournaments is up there. I have 10 players now who are representing themselves in the major league in America and one player has been named in the American international team, so I think that’s a massive achievement. It’s nice to know that some of the players I have worked with are starting to make inroads in terms of their own careers going forward.
In terms of your cricket coaching career, what are your future goals and aspirations?
As a coach you are always looking for that next career progression. I’m hoping to head up a school’s cricket programme or become more established in an emerging nation, for example America, where cricket is really taking off. I would love to coach in the IPL one day but working with a professional team would be my top goal. The network is massive and Pro Coach’s structure is an amazing foundation. Access to information is one of those things that you can’t buy, and we have loads of it so I’m lucky to have the people that are part of our company who will help me grow my career.
What advice would you offer to people starting out in the coaching industry?
The biggest thing I’ve learnt with coaching and being in this environment is to not be afraid to ask questions. Coaching is a profession where people aren’t scared to share information and to chat about and try different ideas. Establishing a secure network around you, not just with family but a professional one that allows you to grow and develop as a coach is also extremely important in having a successful career.