Brisbane Boys’ College has just scored a major coup, naming John Buchanan, the most successful cricket coach in history, as its First XI Coach for the 2023 season.
Brisbane Boys’ College (BBC), a school with a proud cricket progeny in the likes of rising Bulls star Matt Willans, plus Chris Hartley, Jack Clayton, and Craig Philipson, has officially appointed the record-breaking coach as the squad’s mentor for the 2023 GPS First XI, a competition that he participated in when he played for The Southport School from 1969 to 1970.
Mr Buchanan also represented Queensland playing seven Sheffield Shield matches between 1978 to 1979.
Coach Par Excellence
In 1994, Mr Buchanan was appointed coach for the Queensland Bulls, a position he held for five years. During that period, the state squad won the Mercantile Mutual Cup twice and acquired its first-ever Shield since competing in the Sheffeld Shield in 1926-27.
He then went on to coach the Australian Cricket Team for eight years, beginning in 1999, leading the team to one success after another.
During his time as coach, the Australian Cricket Team set a world record by winning 16 straight Test Matches, as well as achieving 29 undefeated World Cup matches and winning One-Day International 14 consecutive times.
By the time he retired from coach duties, the team had become World Cup Champions, Test Cricket World Champions, and holders of The Ashes, thanks to his unmatched mentoring skills.
For the upcoming GPS First XI season foray of the BBC, the legendary coach said he would focus on making sure that the BBC squad has the best skills they could possibly have, a sentiment he also expressed when he voiced his excitement over his latest appointment.
Brisbane Boys’ College’ First XI Captain Jamie Alexander was just as pleased for an amazing opportunity for the boys to work with the highly acclaimed coach, who has a win record of over 75% since 1999.