Simon Helmot - Head Coach
‘Helmo’ is recognised within Australian cricketing circles as a coach on the rise. Since taking the helm at Hawthorn-Waverley in his mid-20s, Simon has rapidly risen up the ranks, through the Victorian Institute of Sport, to the ACT Comets, to the Victorian assistant’s role, and coach of their one-day side.
Helmo’s potential was recognised by Cricket Australia through his appointment as coach on the Australia A tour of India in 2008.
Simon famously won the one-day title with Victoria in 2011, breaking a decade long drought in the format.
Known for his infectious enthusiasm, positive communication and extensive knowledge of the game, Helmo will seek to mould a Renegades squad comprising of players from five Australian states and four countries for BBL|02.
Lloyd Mash - Assistant Coach
A former top-order batsman with the Vics, ‘Mashy’ rejoins the Renegades for BBL|02 after impressing as Assistant Coach in our inaugural season.
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.
At only 31, Mashy still plays Premier Cricket against the Victorian members of the Renegades squad as Captain-Coach of Fitzroy-Doncaster.
Neil Buszard - Fielding Coach
A legend of Victorian Premier Cricket and Level 3 coach, ‘Buzz’ is on board full-time with the Renegades for BBL|02 following stints with the Bushrangers, Tigers and Hurricanes.
Having also represented Australia in baseball, Neil is as good as it gets when it comes to fielding techniques and drills.
Buzz considers anticipation and knowledge of the game situation the two most important facets to being a gun fielder. He claims Ricky Ponting is the best fielder he’s ever worked with, but also suggests Faf du Plessis ‘made me look good’ during his recent stint with the Renegades.
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 Big Bash.
Known for recognising young talent and being able to fine tune 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 rejoins the Renegades as Team Manager for BBL|02 following his commitments as International Team Liaison with the touring South African side.
Having managed international sides for the last six seasons, Ben’s skill in developing good relationships with star players from all 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 joins the Renegades for BBL|02 following 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 headhunted 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 - Coach Assistant
A Camberwell Magpies icon in Premier Cricket, ‘Shanas’ returns as a Coach Assistant for BBL|02 following a successful stint in year one.
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
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 Vics 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 will analyse opposing teams and streamline the Renegades gameday 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 is back for season two as physio with the Renegades, and will be responsible for assessing, treating, and managing any niggles within the squad throughout the condensed 6 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.