Former Test wicket-keeper Steve Rixon entered the coaching scene after retiring from first-class cricket in 1988, as the then New South Wales games record holder.
He became the coach of the New South Wales side for the 1989-90 season. In five seasons, the team reached the Sheffield Shield final on each occasion, winning three titles. In the same period, the team achieved the Shield/One-Day cup double twice.
In 1996, Rixon became coach of New Zealand and held the position until 1999 when he decided to return to Sydney to pursue business interests.
However, he wasn’t gone for long, returning to the New South Wales coaching role for the start of the 2000-01 season. After four more years in domestic cricket, Rixon moved to England to take charge of Surrey.
Rixon is one of the most sought-after specialist coaches in world cricket and has been a key part of the Chennai Super Kings’ IPL and Champions League Twenty20 success over the previous three years. His current role is as Australia’s assistant coach.