Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff

Graeme Welch - Elite Performance Director

GraemeWelchGraeme Welch was appointed as Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s new Elite Cricket Performance Director in January 2014.

The 41-year-old left his post as Assistant Coach/Bowling Coach at Warwickshire to be installed as the head of Derbyshire’s new Elite Cricket Performance structure as the Club continues in its quest for sustainable on-field success, combined with the desire to produce England cricketers. 

Welch returned to the county which he enjoyed a successful playing career in which he was capped in 2001, appointed Captain in 2006 and bestowed a benefit year in 2007.

He arrives at the County Ground with a reputation as one of the top upcoming coaches in England after enjoying success with Essex and Warwickshire.

His coaching career began as Bowling Coach with Essex where he won the NatWest Pro 40 Second Division and Friends Provident Trophy double in 2008, followed by LV= County Championship promotion the following summer.

A subsequent spell as Bowling Coach and Assistant Coach with Warwickshire brought further silverware; a Clydesdale Bank 40 triumph in 2010 and the LV= County Championship First Division title in 2012.

John Sadler - Elite Performance Coach - Batting & Second XI

JohnSadlerJohn Sadler joined Derbyshire County Cricket Club in February 2014 as the Club’s new Batting & Second XI Coach.

Sadler has established his own highly-respected Coaching Academy based in Yorkshire and has quickly become one of the most promising young ECB Level 4 Coaches in the country.

Before turning his hand to coaching, the 32-year-old enjoyed a successful playing career spanning over 12 years representing Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire.

The middle-order batsman scored over 5,000 runs in 223 professional appearances - including four centuries. He also won major silverware with Leicestershire, winning the Twenty20 Cup on two separate occasions. 

Sadler enjoyed his best season in 2006 while still at Grace Road, scoring over 1,000 runs in a season for the first team and averaging just under 50. 


Ant Botha - Elite Performance Coach - Spin Bowling

AntBothaAnt Botha joined Derbyshire County Cricket Club in February 2014 as the Club’s specialist Spin Bowling Coach.

Botha has been lured back from his grade cricket coaching position in Australia where he has established an impressive reputation as one of the country's leading coaches. 

The ECB Level 3 Coach - who is currently working towards his Level 4 - will take the lead working with Derbyshire’s extensive spin bowling group as well as assisting with coaching the batsmen.

Before lending his expertise to coaching, the all-rounder enjoyed a 16-year professional career scoring over 5,000 runs and claiming over 500 wickets.

As a youngster he represented South Africa Under-19s before moving to England where he spent three years with Derbyshire.

After his successful stint at the County Ground, Botha joined Warwickshire in 2007 for four years before retiring in 2011 due to injury. 

James Pipe BSc (Hons) MCSP HPC AACP - Head of Sports Science & Medicine & Lead Physio

JamesPipeJames spent his formative years playing professional cricket for both Worcestershire and Derbyshire, making 198 first team appearances.

During his 15-year career he graduated as a Chartered Physiotherapist and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including the NHS, Private Practice and professional rugby.

As Lead Physiotherapist, he overseas Physiotherapy and Medical services for the Professional and Academy squads of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

He is also a member of The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSM) and The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).


Dr Mark Hale - Derbyshire County Cricket Club Doctor

Dr Mark Hale is Derbyshire County Cricket Club's Doctor. 

Dr Roger Hawkes MB ChB Dip. Sports Med. FFSEM (UK& Ire) - Sports & Exercise Physician

Dr Roger Hawkes is Derbyshire County Cricket Club's consultant Sport & Exercise Physician. He is also currently the Chief Medical Officer of the European Tour and has been the European Team Doctor at the last four Ryder Cups.

He started his sports medicine career while in general practice in the early 90s where he was the Medical Officer for Tamworth Football Club.

He has been working for the European Tour for the last 20 years and in 2007 was appointed as their Chief Medical Officer. 

He is also the Medical Director of POMS, an NHS musculoskeletal service for Stoke and Staffordshire Partnership Trust and is the senior partner with Sports Medicine Partners in Lichfield.

In December 2012 he was appointed as an Honorary Consultant at University College Hospital in London and as an Honorary Lecturer at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health at UCL.

Dr Jamie Tallent - Strength & Conditioning Coach

JamieTallentDr Jamie Tallent joined the Derbyshire County Cricket Club coaching staff ahead of the 2013 season following the departure of Luke Storey.

Dr Tallent graduated with a master’s degree from St Mary’s University College, London, and has completed his PhD at Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Prior to his employment with Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Jamie has previous experience with Watford FC, Team North Basketball, Team Northumberland Rugby and the American Sports Medicine Institute, supporting NFL side New York Jets and NHL outfit New York Rangers

As Strength and Conditioning Coach, Tallent not only works with the first team but also the lower age groups at the Cricket Derbyshire University of Derby Academy, helping youngsters in their transition from the academy to the senior side. 



AJ Harris - Academy Director 

AJHarrisAJ Harris was appointed as Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby Academy Director in February 2014.

He was previously appointed as Bowling Coach during the 2013 season after he previously held the role of Second XI Coach since the start of the 2011 season.

Harris enjoyed a 17-year first-class career predominantly with Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Beginning his professional career in 1994, the right-arm pace bowler took 451 career wickets in first-class cricket plus a further 223 in the limited-overs forms of the game.

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Cookie Patel - Elite Performance Coach - Fielding

Cookie Patel joined Derbyshire’s backroom team in February 2014 as the Club’s new Fielding Coach.

Patel is one of the country’s foremost fielding coaches. He has a reputation for innovative and thought provoking sessions, and he is the lead Fielding Coach across women’s and girl’s cricket at the ECB. 

He also has previous experience working with fellow First-Class county Northamptonshire, helping improve their fielding standards as they enjoyed Twenty20 and four-day success in 2013.

He will be running high-octane sessions with the Derbyshire squad around his current commitments with the ECB.

Simon Guy - Elite Performance Coach - Wicketkeeping

Simon Guy joined Derbyshire’s elite coaching team in February 2014 as the Club’s new specialist Wicketkeeping Coach.

His energetic and enthusiastic delivery, combined with excellent technical and tactical knowledge on the subject, has given him a reputation as one of the leaders in his field, working under the guidance of the ECB skill set lead Bruce French.

Before becoming a full-time coach, Guy made 37 first-class appearances for Yorkshire claiming over 100 dismissals. 


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