Eleven years. Eight trophies.
Auckland Cricket wishes to acknowledge the valuable contribution Mark O’Donnell has provided to Auckland Cricket through his eleven year coaching tenure with the Auckland Aces.
O’Donnell’s first stint with the Aces (season 2002/03 to 2008/09) included five trophies, with three four-day championships and two limited over titles.
2002/03 – State Championship
2004/05 – State Championship
2006/07 – State Twenty20 and State Shield
2008/09 – State Championship
He was then re-appointed at the helm in 2015/16 season, helping the Aces lift two trophies during the same season, and backing that up with a Ford Trophy success two seasons later.
2015/16 – Plunket Shield and Georgie Pie Super Smash
2017/18 – Ford Trophy
Auckland Cricket chief executive, Iain Laxon spoke highly of O’Donnell’s commitment through the years in developing cricketers to deliver consistent results.
“Mark has been a huge presence in the Aces environment, not just over the last four years but going back to his first stint with us as well. In that time he has done a fantastic job of developing players within our system and helping the Aces achieve success. His commitment to his players and his desire to do the best for them are the things that have stood out for me in his time with us. He has a huge passion for the game that shines through in what he delivers as a coach. I would like to thank Mark for everything he has given to the Aces over 11 years, and for what he has contributed to Auckland Cricket.”
BLACKCAPS star Martin Guptill thanked Mark O’Donnell for his continued support over the years and for introducing him into the New Zealand Domestic circuit.
“At 19, Mark O’Donnell gave me my big break into the Auckland squad back in January 2006, straight out of the Under 19 Tournament in Lincoln. He has been my longest serving coach through my cricketing journey and I can’t thank him enough for his support through the years. I wish him all the very best for his future.”