Knights Team Management

Gareth Hopkins - Head Coach
Hopkins began his cricketing career with Northern Districts, raised in Taupo and representing Northern Districts in age group tournaments up to senior level. A 17 year professional career then followed representing Northern Districts, Otago, Canterbury, Auckland and the BLACKCAPS.  His five year captaincy stint with Auckland (2009/10 - 2013/14) oversaw 4 domestic trophies including back to back T20 titles. Since retiring in April 2014 Hopkins has relocated to Tauranga with his young family.  
Graeme Aldridge - Bowling Coach Graeme, affectionately known simply as "G", retired from playing professional cricket at the end of last season after a long career with the Knights. He now joins the management team as Bowling Coach. He will also look after other bowlers within the ND region, as well as head coach of the Bay of Plenty men's team. He is married to Cath with two children.

Matt Horne - Assistant Coach Matt is the newest member of the Knights management team, joining in September 2015. Having played 35 Test Matches and 50 ODI's for the BLACKCAPS, Horne brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of top level cricket. His most recent coaching role was as Head Coach for the Auckland Aces. 

Scott Wrenn - Strength and Conditioning Coach Scott is the Head of Strength and Conditioning at Northern Districts Cricket. Scott's focus is on developing a fit, fast, strong and robust group of athletes with a key focus on each athletes long term development. In his spare time he enjoys competing in long distance running events; from marathons to 100km.
Paul Head - Physiotherapist A proud Hamilton resident, Paul is passionate about cricket and in particular injury prevention and fast bowling. Paul also has a background in sport and exercise science. He is married to Danielle and has two young children. In his spare time he also referees club rugby and enjoys a the odd game of golf.

Rod Corban - Consultant Performance Psychologist Rod Corban is a registered psychologist. Rod draws on his knowledge of human psychology and his experience of working with some of NZ's top athletes over the past 12 years to help the Knights players to perform at their best on a daily basis, and to reach their full potential; not just as cricketers but also as people. In his spare time Rod enjoys sampling good craft beer, playing the guitar (badly) & and spending time with his family

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