Mike Hesson has been named as the new coach of the Black Caps, New Zealand Cricket has announced.
He will replace John Wright, who is stepping down from the role following the current tour of the West Indies, and his first job will be preparing the side to take on India in the subcontinent next month.
Hesson has previously coached Otago, and recently returned from leading the Kenyan national team.
His contract runs through to the end of 2015 World Cup.
“Having the opportunity to coach the Black Caps is very special for me,” Hesson told Fairfax NZ.
“I am passionate about cricket in New Zealand and doing the best job I can for the players and the fans of cricket in this country.
“My coaching philosophy is essentially built around setting world-class standards to produce excellence and that’s what I intend to do with the Black Caps.
“It’s a big challenge but one I’m ready for and excited about.”
NZC boss David White said Hesson was earmarked early in his coaching career as one of New Zealand’s most promising coaches.
“Mike has all the right attributes we are looking for in a national coach and we are delighted have him through to the ICC World Cup 2015,” White said.
“He was the candidate put forward by the selection panel and has the complete backing of the NZC Board, John Buchanan and myself.”
Hesson has worked with the New Zealand A side, and assisted the Black Caps coaching staff during the 2010 2010 Chappell Hadlee Series.
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