Shaun Brown's Cricket Coaching

Who Are We?

Shaun Browns cricket coaching started in the modest surrounds of Apex Park in the old wire nets he regularly practiced in as a junior growing up in Traralgon. As a local who was playing District cricket in Melbourne he was being asked to "have a look" at cricket techniques of local players. His first personal coaching session took place on September 7 1986 with both student and coach happy with the results.

The first coaching clinics took place that summer (January 1987) with a group of 28 locals taking advantage of the coaching skills of fellow Hawthorn player John Mitchell at Catterack Cresent Oval in Traralgon.

By 1990 Shaun had taken up a position at an Indoor centre in Melbourne as head coach. More individual coaching was to follow and the cricket camps took a positive turn with the introduction of former Test star Keith Stackpole as the main coach.

By 1991 Shaun Brown's Cricket Coaching was a full time business with coaching sessions numbering in the high hundreds and cricket camps held year round. Ray Bright took on a major role by heading 4 major country camps held at Sale, Traralgon, Albury and Geelong. Keith Stackpole headed the preseason camp with Alan Connolly. Dav Whatmore, Damien Fleming and Darren Berry providing the back up on the summer "Super Clinics".

As Melbourne's first professional public cricket coach the number of coaching sessions increased through the 1990's as did the reach of the cricket camps. Up to 20 country camps were running in the summer holidays, satellite camps were held in outer Melbourne and Super Camps at Carey Grammar and Yarra Valley School had been running for several years.

In 2000 Shaun opened "Clever Cricket" the purpose built cricket centre in Thomastown, coaches were in listed to help with the coaching workload, Alan Chadwick assisted with the winter coaching sessions and young players Ben Waterman and James Court turned their hand to coaching also. Graham Yallop was a regular on the Winter Warriors and cricket camps were pushing into New South Wales.

Presently Shaun Browns cricket coaching is running around 50 cricket camps across Victoria and New South Wales and providing individual cricket coaching at 3 venues across Melbourne year round. The few seasons have seen international growth with groups of coaches from Malaysia taking advantage of the high quality coach education programs provided at Shaun's base- Clever cricket.

The past 25 years of coaching has seen Shaun take over 15000 personal coaching sessions himself and coordinate hundreds of cricket camps involving 36 former test players. The camps have hosted in excess of 20,000 keen young players who like us love the game of cricket.

Shaun Brown's cricket coaching is looking forward to the next 25 years of cricket coaching in all its diverse forms. Exciting times are ahead. Excellent sponsors in McDonalds, Platypus, Greg Chapple Cricket Centres and Win TV are great supporters and are helping to foster further growth that began at the local nets in country Victoria in 1986!



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