Meet the Team

Ben Sawyer – Director of Coaching

Ben graduated from Sydney University in 2002, with a degree in Human Movement Studies, and has been teaching PDHPE in a number of Sydney High Schools since. Currently Ben is the Director of Coaching at The Scots College Sydney.

Ben gained his Level 3 Cricket Coaching Accreditation in 2006 and has been a member of the NSW High-Performance Coaching Panel since 2007. For the past 2 seasons, Ben has been the Head Coach for the Sydney Sixers WBBL Team (Champions WBBL ’02) and the Fast Bowling Coach for the NSW Lend Lease Breakers

Ben is currently undertaking his Masters in Educational Leadership at Sydney University.

Les Clarke

Les was Michael’s first coach, from the age of 6 to 12, and he still provides invaluable feedback to his son. Les was a talented cricketer himself having played grade cricket for Wests for several seasons from 1970 / 71.

Les owned and operated an indoor cricket centre at Hoxton Park in Sydney’s west for a decade, where Michael honed his batting skills after school most days.

He has been a long-time coach of junior cricketers, and still coaches young kids at the Preston Cricket Club.

Les has been a front seat observer of Michael’s rise to Australian cricket captain and will provide invaluable mentoring to the Academy participants on what it takes to make it at the top level and how to get the best out of their abilities.