World Cup-winning White Fern Katrina Keenan has been
appointed as the team's new coach, New Zealand Cricket
The former New Zealand fast bowler recently coached the
Auckland Hearts to first and second place respectively in the
domestic one-day and Twenty20 competitions.
She has previously been assistant coach of the White Ferns
and has also spent four years in Japan coaching the national
During her playing days Keenan represented the White Ferns in
five tests and 54 ODIs, and was an integral member of the
Ferns' World Cup-winning side in 2000.
NZC director of cricket John Buchanan said he was delighted a
candidate of Keenan's background and experience has been
appointed to the role.
"We are very excited that Katrina has accepted this role," he
said. "Her impressive record as an international player
combined with her coaching success made her the outstanding
candidate to coach the White Ferns.
"She brings great qualities to the role, including a genuine
passion for women's cricket developed over many years in the
game as a player, mentor, and coach."
Keenan said it was a huge honour to be offered the White
Ferns coaching role.
"I am incredibly motivated by working in women's cricket and
excited by the opportunity to continue the good work of Gary
Stead," she said. "The team has some big tours and
tournaments ahead and I'm excited by the challenge and
determined to work hard with the players to improve the
performance of the White Ferns."
Keenan's first assignment will be to prepare the White Ferns
for the upcoming Rose Bowl series in Australia before taking
the team to next year's women's World Cup in India.