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Player to coach… Craig Cachopa will coach Takapuna, having just ended his playing career

Former Auckland Aces white-ball skipper and Takapuna District Cricket Club player Craig Cachopa has been contracted as the head coach for the Takapuna Premier Men’s and Premier Reserves teams for the next two seasons.

In his new role, he will be supported by incumbent coach Ryan Scivier in a new Assistant Coach role.

Scivier has been the Premier coach for the last two seasons and has produced two very productive seasons for the club.

Cachopa said: “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to become coach of such a fantastic club and I’m very excited to get started working with an already established squad of great men.”

Takapuna District Cricket Club chair Susie Martin said Cachopa’s vast first-class playing and captaincy success, both in New Zealand and overseas, offers Takapuna a prime opportunity to have a local player progress to the next stage in their career with the club.

“His experience and the strategic and technical skills he can share will be so beneficial for our players,” said Martin.

Takapuna District Cricket Club Director of Cricket Amita Weerakoon said the club was excited to have Cachopa as their premier coach and plans to use his expertise to upskill parent coaches and student coaches through their coaching pathway programme.

“We are happy that we are creating the pathway and the opportunities for Cachopa to enhance his coaching skills to achieve his personal goal of coaching at first-class level in the future.”

Cachopa announced his retirement from Auckland and provincial cricket at the end of the 2019/20 season, leaving the game on a high after leading the Aces to two finals and a memorable Ford Trophy one-day triumph.

This summer Cachopa also brought up 50 Cachopa signs up to coach Takapuna Player to coach… Craig Cachopa will coach Takapuna, having just ended his playing career Aces appearances in both the Ford Trophy and Super Smash Twenty20 competitions.

Cachopa started as a wicketkeeper-batsman at Westlake Boys High School. He started his domestic career with the Wellington Firebirds, and also had a stint with Sussex in English County cricket. He finished with 47 First-Class, 88 List-A and 102 T20 matches to his name since his domestic debut in 2011.

This article originally appeared in the 7 July 2020 edition of the Rangitoto Observer.

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