6 Oct 2011

Australian hockey coach not considering cricket switch

7:34 am on 6 October 2011

The Australian men's hockey coach Ric Charlesworth says he hasn't even thought about putting his hand up for a switch to the national cricket team.

Charlesworth was considered at least an outside chance to be named in the recently expanded Australian cricket coaching role, following the resignation of Tim Nielsen last month.

But Charlesworth says he's focused on the Kookaburras, whom he is contracted to lead until the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Charlesworth is widely regarded as one of the country's finest coaches, boasting impressive resumes in both sports - winning a silver medal as a player with the Kookaburras at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and playing first class cricket with Western Australia in the same decade.

He coached the Australian women's hockey team to gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and in Sydney in 2000, and had a stint as the national high performance manager of the New Zealand cricket team.

Since taking over the Kookaburras in 2009, Charlesworth has led the team to a World Cup win, two Champions Trophies and a Commonwealth Games gold medal in New Delhi.