T20 Big Bash League - KFC

Our Coaches

Simon Helmot - Head Coach

'Helmo' is one of the coaching world’s rising stars and we’re delighted to have him leading the Renegades.

The man sometimes referred to as ‘Disco’ (thanks to his killer dance floor moves) in 2014 stepped down from his mentoring roles with the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers. This has enabled him to focus on building his international credentials by coaching Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean Premier League, assistant coaching Hyderabad Sunrisers in the Indian Premier League, and heading up the Renegades.

With experience coaching the Australia A side, Helmot was handed the reins of the Victorian one-day team and famously won the title in 2011, breaking a decade long drought in the format.

Along with Captain Aaron Finch, Helmot’s innovative methods are a hallmark of the Renegades’ approach.

Lloyd Mash - Assistant Coach

A former top-order batsman with the Vics, ‘Mashy’ (aka: the Mashtag) returns as Assistant Coach with the Renegades once again.

Taking time off from his 'other job' as the owner of an insurance brokerage, Mashy sees his role with the Renegades as similar to a racing pit crew – simply working behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly when it matters.

Neil Buszard - Fielding Coach

A legend of Victorian Premier Cricket and Level 3 coach, ‘Buzz’ is back on board  with the Renegades in BBL|04 following successful stints with the Tigers and the Hurricanes.

Having also represented Australia in baseball, Buzz is as good as it gets when it comes to fielding techniques and drills. 

He considers anticipation and knowledge of the game situation the two most important facets to being a gun fielder. He believes gun fielders have the knack of anticipating situations - and delivering when it counts (just like Ricky Ponting).

Buzz also stresses the importance of throwing 'every other day' in order to improve accuracy and power.

Tim McCaskill - Bowling coach

A former fast-bowler for Carlton, McCaskill currently serves as High Performance Manager at Cricket Victoria, as well as Bowling Coach for the Renegades during the KFC T20 Big Bash League season.

Known for recognising young talent and possessing a knack for fine tuning actions to improve consistency and pace, Tim defines his role with the Renegades slightly differently.

'All of these guys have the tools, so my job here is to make sure everyone’s ready to perform and help with any plans or technical aspects when I can'.

Ben Tippett - Team Manager

Ben Tippett completed his third consecutive season with the Renegades in BBL|03.

Having managed international sides for the last eight seasons, Ben’s skill in developing good relationships with star players from across the globe is testimony to his positive influence around the dressing room.

Having dealt with all sorts of requests over the years, Ben works by the motto ‘nothing is impossible’.

Jade Roberts - Strength & Conditioning Coach

Jade joined the Renegades for BBL|03 with extensive experience as a trainer within Australian cricket circles and internationally.

Following a stint managing strength and conditioning at Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, Jade was head-hunted by the Sri Lankan national team, where he worked for four years, getting to know our star spinner Murali pretty well in the process.

Jade works by the typical training mantra ‘I make players do what they don’t want to do’.

Damian Shanahan - Opposition Analyst

An icon in Premier Cricket with Camberwell and Geelong, ‘Shanas’ returned as an Opposition Analyst for BBL|03.

An imposing all-rounder during his playing days, Damian is a popular figure around the squad and is renowned for his tactical and technical advice.

Away from the Renegades, Shanas' thoughts are never too far from cricket – he’s the High Performance Manager – Sport at Geelong Grammar School.

Troy Rowe - Coach Assistant

Troy Rowe - Coach Assistant

A qualified Level 3 coach, ‘Rowey’ will again provide batting and fielding advice throughout the season to the Renegades squad.

A former Premier Cricket coach at Northcote, Rowey also enjoys over a decade of experience within the successful Bushrangers set-up, and is a recognised tutor of future talent as a previous mentor of the Victorian under 19s.

Troy’s coaching philosophy is ‘apply yourself and believe’.

Michael Sholly - Strategist

A Captain-Coach with both Melbourne Uni and Melbourne CC in his playing days, Michael is a well-regarded strategist in the short format, having previously worked in the role for the Australian national team at the T20 World Cup in the West Indies in 2010.

Throughout the season Michael analyses opposing teams and streamlines the Renegades' game-day strategy. He believes the key to success is '11 players contributing and knowing their roles'. 

Michael is also well-known in footy circles as the CEO of the Victoria Amateur Football Association.

Nick Adcock - Physiotherapist

Nick returned BBL|03 as the club's physio, taking responsibility for assessing, treating, and managing any niggles within the squad throughout the condensed six-week schedule.

Throughout the season you’ll most likely find Nick working at the massage table in the rooms or nervously waiting by the sideline should the need arise to take the field.