Don Tricker

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Don Tricker is a former player and coach of the New Zealand national softball team (Black Sox) and senior advisor of high performance coaching at the New Zealand Academy of Sport.


Tricker's grandfather was one of the country's leading softball umpires and played a key role in introducing the game to the Wellington region.[1] Tricker played for Porirua until he was 22 then moved to Poneke Kilbirnie, claiming regional and national titles with both clubs,[1] and played for the Black Sox on and off between 1986 and 1991.[2] He began his coaching career at Poneke Kilbirnie in 1996, while he was still playing, and was named Black Sock coach two years later.[1] He coached the team to two world championship wins in 2000 and three consecutive world titles.[3] He was named coach of the year at the Halberg Awards in 2000 after leading the team to a world series victory in South Africa[4] and was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004.[5] He retired as national coach in 2004, being replaced by Eddie Kohlhase.[6] In 2002, after 6 years in the information technology sector, Tricker was appointed as senior advisor of high performance coaching at the New Zealand Academy of Sport, a unit of Sport and Recreation New Zealand.[4] Tricker and Auckland lawyer Mike Heron prepared a report into the All Blacks early World Cup exit.[7] In 2010 the New Zealand Rugby Union has appointed Tricker as the High Performance Manager.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Julie Ash (27 October 2001). "Softball: Seriously good coach shares the funny side". New Zealand Herald.
  2. ^ Julie Ash (16 July 2004). "Softball: Tricker picks his successor". New Zealand Herald.
  3. ^ "Our top ten sports stars". New Zealand Herald. 18 December 2004.
  4. ^ a b "Softball: Tricker appointed to Academy of Sport". New Zealand Herald. 11 February 2002.
  5. ^ Julie Ash (7 June 2004). "Queen's Birthday Honours: Softballers and cricketers recognised for exploits". New Zealand Herald.
  6. ^ "Black Sox reappoint coach". New Zealand Herald. 1 December 2009.
  7. ^ Mike Houlahan (18 April 2008). "We're sorry, NZRU chairman tells fans". New Zealand Herald.
  8. ^ "Softball man gets All Black job". Rugby Rugby. September 2010. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011.