Leicestershire have confirmed the departure of their high performance coach Russell Cobb to become the new director of cricket at Loughborough MCC University.
Cobb’s departure, to succeed the late Graham Dilley at Loughborough, ends a 34-year connection with Leicestershire that began when he first joined the playing staff in 1978.
Batsman Cobb played first team cricket for Leicestershire from 1980 to 1989 and then moved into coaching where he has played a significant role in the development of a number of outstanding youngsters including Stuart Broad, James Taylor, Nathan Buck and his own son Josh.
Cobb, 50, has worked mainly in bringing players through a youth system that is much admired around the county circuit into Leicestershire’s academy and then into the senior squad.
“I would like to thank Russell for his dedicated service to the club and we wish him all the very best for the future,” said Leicestershire chief executive Mike Siddall.
Cobb’s imminent departure comes less than two months before the start of the new season and leaves Leicestershire with little time to find a replacement.
Former Kent and Leicestershire batsman Trevor Ward, who coaches at Uppingham School and who was shortlisted for the job as Leicestershire batting coach, a vacancy that was filled by Ben Smith, would appear a likely candidate.