Hampshire have appointed Dale Benkenstein as their new first-team coach.
The former South Africa Test batsman has agreed to join the coaching staff and will join the Ageas Bowl outfit in time for the pre-season tour to Barbados.
The 39-year-old former Durham star replaces Giles White, who has moved into a director of cricket role at the club.
Benkenstein scored more than 9,000 first-class runs for the club at an average of 45.9 and captained the side to Friends Provident Trophy glory and a maiden County Championship title in consecutive seasons (2007, 2008).
More recently, though, Benkenstein spent the winter working as batting coach for South African side Sunfoil Dolphins – the club of Hampshire’s overseas signing, Kyle Abbott.
Benkenstein said: ‘I’m looking forward to what is going to be a new challenge for me.
‘It’s a brilliant set-up here, I’ve spoken to the players and coaches at the club and I’m excited about what’s ahead.
Director of cricket, Giles White, said: ‘We are delighted to have Dale on board.
‘He comes with a wealth of experience and an excellent reputation as a leader.
‘We are looking forward to his involvement.’