BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (WICB) — Reginald Benjamin has been appointed head coach of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes on a two-year contract, the Leeward Islands Cricket Board has announced.
The 54-year-old, who was born in Antigua and played for the Caribbean territory as well as for the United States, will take up the post on June 1.
He was chosen from a shortlist of three candidates and has been now charged with the responsibility of lifting the Leewards from the doldrums of regional cricket.
“LICB is elated with Mr. Benjamin’s appointment as there is a definite match between his skill sets, knowledge and behavioral competencies and his role as head coach thereby making him ably qualified for the job,” the board said in a statement.
“Mr. Benjamin has not been directly involved in Leeward Islands cricket in recent times but he has followed developments in LI cricket closely as was confirmed by issue specific responses provided during the interview process.”
The statement added: “He has indicated that he is excited to begin this new chapter of his coaching career and that he is looking forward to the support of all stakeholders, including past and present LI players.”
Benjamin holds an English and Wales Cricket Board Level Three coaching certificate and is currently based in the United States where he ended a 12-year stint as head coach of the South West Zone, USA Southern California Cricket Association, in 2013.
He has also served as technical advisor, assistant coach and head coach of the USA Under-19 World Cup teams.