Picture: Toby celebrates with the rest of Twenty20 World Cup winning West Indies support staff
About Toby Radford
Toby Radford is widely regarded as one of the game’s most respected batting coaches. His impressive CV has seen him work alongside some of the game’s modern greats and they all only have good words to say about Toby’s methods and coaching philosophy. In particular, Toby’s knowledge with regards to the technical aspects of batting is second to none. This coupled with his attention to detail and outstanding work rate make for an exceptional coach who would undoubtedly benefit any team he works with.
Toby’s achievements to date make for impressive reading – many credit Toby for Middlesex’s successful T20 campaign in 2008 with the team defying batting conventions and showing innovation which is now synonymous in the T20 format. This led to the ECB picking his brains about his coaching techniques in the shortest form and Toby being named Middlesex’s 1st XI coach on a full time basis. It is also no coincidence that the West Indies were crowned World T20 Champions in 2012 with Toby at the forefront of their batting plans.
It is not only in a team environment where Toby’s philosophies thrive, he is often cited by many players as the key factor behind resurgences in form and successful changes in technique. For example, it was well documented that Andrew Strauss’ transformation from ‘a Test batsman who had been found out’ to ‘a Test batsman of considerable pedigree’ was as a result of work Andrew had conducted behind the scenes with Toby’s assistance.
In Toby's words...
I am passionate about my cricket and my coaching. Equally at home delivering in a one-to-one or team capacity, I enjoy seeing players and teams develop, achieve success and to those ends I am an extremely hard-working, dedicated andpersonable coach.
My roles in over 12 years coaching – either as a specialist batting coach with players such as Andrew Strauss or as a Head Coach - have required high levels of organizational, managerial, technical and tactical input. From Middlesex through to the West Indies team, the roles demand I prepare meticulously, work under pressure and with the need for success. I believe the results I have achieved to date, prove that I have met those challenges.
Toby's Cricketing Background and Experience
2016 - Present - Assistant Coach and Batting Coach
2014 - 2016 - Glamorgan CCC Head coach
2012 (March) - Assistant Coach and Batting Coach for West Indies Cricket Team
- Assistant coach and batting coach for West Indies 20/20, One Day and Test Teams
- West Indies crowned 2012 ICC Twenty20 World Champions in Sri Lanka
- Won Digicel Twenty20, One Day and Test Series against New Zealand (2012)
2011 – 2012 - Specialist Batting Coach/ WICB Batting and Project work
- WICB – Specialist Batting Coach for HPC and West Indies Squad (Dubai Tour October 2011)
- WICB Project work – wrote West Indies HPC, Under 15 and 19 and First Eleven (men and women) Coaching Camp Programmes
- WICB – Re-modeling of bowling actions.
- Private coaching of professional First Class batsmen.
- Successful HPC tour of Dubai (six wins from six matches) in October 2011
- Several HPC players progressed to West Indies First Eleven
- Shane Shillingford passed fit to bowl by ICC after re-modeling of action
2010 (Feb) – 2011 (May) Sagicor West Indies Cricket HPC Director and Batting Coach
- West Indies Batting Coach during the Twenty20 World Cup Tournament (2010)
- West Indies Batting Coach during their pre-series and pre-tour camps (2010)
- As HPC Director, wrote the Sagicor West Indies Cricket High Performance Centre Coaching Programme
- Managed and mentored all HPC coaches, players and support staff (2010
- A Trophy-winning tour of Canada with West Indies HPC (2010)
- Successful campaign at the 2010 Regional Caribbean One Day Tournament (50-overs) (2010)
- Six HPC players selected for the West Indies A squad and one for the full West Indies Squad (2010)
- Excellent individual performances of HPC players in National and Regional squads
2007 - 2009 – Middlesex Head Coach
- Coached the First Team
- Planned and delivered all training days – pre and during season.
- Managed and mentored Support Staff
- Worked on a one to one basis with players (first and second eleven)
- Middlesex crowned English County Twenty20 Champions 2008
- Qualification for Stanford Super Series and Champions League 2008
- Promotion to Division 1 / Pro 40 2007
2005 – 2007 – Middlesex Second Eleven Coach / Academy Director
- Coached and Managed the team and support staff
- Planned and delivered all training days – pre and during season
- In conjunction with the Captain, created strategy for different competitions.
- Analysed own and opposing players to highlight strengths and weakness and to create game plans
- Managed the backroom team of Physiotherapist, Statistician, Fitness trainer, Second Team Coach, Academy Director
- Middlesex crowned Second Eleven Trophy Champions 2007
2003 – 2005 – Middlesex Academy Director
- Launched the Middlesex Academy at Finchley HQ in 2003
- ECB then used the Middlesex format as their Academy blueprint
- Had a high percentage of players progressing on to the First Class staff – Steven Finn, Billy Godleman, Dan Housego, Chris Wright (Essex), Adam London,
- Worked with several England women cricketers – Isa Guha, Claire Taylor, Beth Morgan
2001 – 2003 – England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) National Coach (South)
- Coached England Under 15, 17 and 19 teams
- Wrote and delivered sections of ECB Coach Education Level 3 and 4 batting sessions.
- Oversaw UCCE Programme nationally.
- Delivered Level 3 Coach Education Courses.
1998 – 2001 – Berkshire Cricket Development Officer
- Launched Vodafone Berkshire Cricket Academy in 2000
- Coached Berkshire Minor County side
- Headed County Youth Coaching Programme / Under 11 – 19.
- ECB Level 4 Coach
- 2:1 Journalism Degree (City University, London
- 3 'A' levels – Sociology, Geography, Social Biology (St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury)
- 9 'O' levels (6 at grade A) (Park House School, Newbury)
References (available from the below upon request)
- Gordon Lord Head of Elite Coach Development at the England and Wales Cricket Board
- David Heard Director of The Fitness Consultancy / former Middlesex CCC Fitness trainer
- Andrew Strauss Former England Captain
- Darren Sammy West Indies Captain
- John Emburey Former Middlesex Director of Cricket