Former West Indies opener Stuart Williams will work as an assistant coach for the regional team, as the Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced further changes to the West Indies set-up yesterday.
Williams, who represented the Leeward Islands as an opening batsman and as Captain with distinction amassed 9,517 first class runs (including 26 centuries) with a highest score of 252 not out during his career. He also had the distinction of playing at the highest level, representing the WI between 1994 and 2002 in Test and ODIs scoring 1183 in 31 matches and 1586 runs from 57 matches respectively.
Williams has previously worked as an Assistant Coach on various tours.
He brings to the post vast coaching experience, which commenced in his native island of Nevis over twelve (16) years ago with national U15, U17 and U19 teams.
Since then he has gained regional and international experience which includes: 1. Head Coach of the Nevis Pro Team in the Stanford T20 tournament -2006/7 2. Head Coach of the Senior Leeward Island team. 3. Assistant Coach of various West Indies (WI) A teams 2010 – 2013. 4. Assistant Coach of various WI U 19 teams 2010- 2012. 5. Head Coach of the St. Lucia Zouks CPL franchise. 6. Assistant Coach of the WI world champion T20 team in 2016. 7. Assistant Head Coach WI B team in the Canadian T20 tournament – 2018. 8. Assistant Coach with the Women’s team tour to UK in 2017. 9. Interim Head of the senior WI team to the 2015 World Cup.
In the West Indies Test team, head coach Andre Coley suggested that he is more interested in “continuity” as he retains Rayon Griffith and former West Indies bowler Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Benjamin to his coaching staff, while adding Williams from the ‘A’ Team.
“We are looking for as much continuity as possible in the preparation for our upcoming assignments,” said Coley. “Kenny and Rayon will continue in their roles from the previous two tours, and Stuart Williams is currently with the ‘A’ team in Bangladesh.
“It is a hard-working group with some clear tasks outlined and we can effectively serve West Indies cricket as a unit for the upcoming series against India.”
The other members of the team management unit who will work with the West Indies Men’s teams across all formats are: Rawl Lewis (team manager), Denis Byam (physiotherapist), Ronald Rogers (strength and conditioning coach), Avenash Seetaram (analyst) and Dario Barthley (media and content officer).
All new assistant coaches were appointed on a short-term basis and will be reviewed after the India Series in August 2023.
West Indies Men’s white ball team staff:
Daren Sammy (head coach), Carl Hooper (assistant coach), Floyd Reifer (assistant coach), James Franklin (assistant coach), Rawl Lewis (team manager), Denis Byam (physiotherapist), Ronald Rogers (strength and conditioning coach), Avenash Seetaram (analyst), Dario Barthley (media and content officer).
West Indies Men’s Test team staff:
Andre Coley (head coach), Kenny Benjamin (assistant coach), Rayon Griffith (assistant coach), Stuart Williams (assistant coach), Rawl Lewis (team manager), Denis Byam (physiotherapist), Ronald Rogers (strength and conditioning coach), Avenash Seetaram (analyst), Dario Barthley (media and content officer).