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CRICKET: Wagner's joy at top coach award
10:00am Thursday 31st January 2013 in Sport
Radley College head coach Andy Wagner described being chosen as the Sky Sports ECB coach of the year for 2012 as a “dream come true”.
Wagner received the award in recognition of his services to grassroots cricket from England batsman Jonathan Trott in a ceremony at Warwickshire University.
Wagner has been coaching at Radley for 25 years since retiring from playing for Somerset.
During his time at the school, he was responsible for nurturing former England captain Andrew Strauss plus county players Ben Hutton and Jamie Dalrymple.
Wagner said: “It is an honour to be recognised by Sky Sports and the ECB and to have won the coach of the year award.
“I have been extremely lucky to forge a career from doing what I love most and being rewarded for that is a dream come true.
“The support that I have received from the Sky Sports ECB Coach Education programme in the past five years has helped make my job a lot easier and guided me into using more drills to help develop grassroots cricket in Oxfordshire.”
Trott commented: “It is really great to see such a deserving recipient of this award.
“The fact that Andrew has spent that many years and hours coaching grassroots cricket is a credit to his love of the game.
“If he continues to develop players like Andrew Strauss then he is certainly a top asset to help drive forward cricket coaching in England and Wales.”