Former Queensland and Victoria batsman and ACA Master Matthew Mott has been appointed Head Coach of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars for the next three years.
Mott, who has broad coaching experience in Australia, England and India, will commence his role with the team on 30 March, as he begins to prepare the side for the 2015 Women's Ashes Series in the United Kingdom.
He takes over the side after a period of great success, with the team having claimed its third consecutive ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh last year before completing a clean sweep of its two series against Pakistan and the West Indies later in the year. The team is currently ranked number one in the world in both the One Day International (ODI) and T20 formats.
Mott guided New South Wales to Sheffield Shield victory in his first year as Head Coach in 2007-08, following three years as an Assistant under Trevor Bayliss. He also led the side to success in the shortest format of the game, claiming the Big Bash Twenty20 title in 2008-09 and the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 in late 2009.
He coached UK county, Glamorgan from 2011 - 2013 and worked as an Assistant Coach with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Sydney Sixers in the KFC T20 Big Bash League (BBL).
Mott also has experience at the international level, working as an Assistant Coach with the Australian men's side that made the final of the 2010 ICC Twenty20 as well as the Australian Under-19 World Cup side in 2005. He also recently finished a stint as an Assistant Coach with Ireland for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Speaking about his new role, Mott said: "I'm really excited about this great opportunity to work with such a fine group of players.
"It really is an exciting time for women's cricket in Australia, so to have the chance to build on the team's already impressive playing record is something I'm looking forward to, particularly as we head into the 2015 Women's Ashes Series.
"Having spent a lot of time in the last 12 months working with female players in the Australian Cricket Pathway I am very excited by the developing talent and the next generation of elite players."