Tiffen, coach of the New Zealand women‘s cricket team for the past four years, had already indicated she was considering her future with the team when she stepped aside for the three-match Rosebowl series against Australia last month.
In a statement issued from New Zealand Cricket on Friday, Tiffen said she wanted to look for “other opportunities to develop her skills and work with a wider range of people, possibly in different codes”.
“I believe in collaboration, hard work, respect, and team first and I have enjoyed developing a learning environment where players are supported and encouraged to take responsibility to be better every day”, Tiffen said in the statement.
“She is a talented and committed coach who leaves NZC with her head held high, and knowing she has a healthy future in the game.
“We wish her well and thank her for the integrity and passion she has brought to the role.”
Tiffen had requested a leave of absence from the Rosebowl series in the wake of a NZC World T20 campaign review, which recommended all coaching and support staff roles be advertised at the completion of their contract periods.
High performance coach Bob Carter was appointed as interim coach.
Tiffen, 39, said given the nature of the recent review it was in the team’s best interests that she did not join the team in Australia.
“The review was fairly confronting and challenging and I can’t really imagine being in the right frame of mind to help this side during the upcoming Rose Bowl series.
In September last year captain Suzie Bates stepped down after six years in charge of the team. On the same day she announced she was stepped down, Bates opened up on the frustrations which led to the decision.
Some of those were differences with Tiffen, mainly over selection.
“The selectors, not just Haidee, had a clear campaign plan on bringing youngsters through, and I was just fighting to pick our best team,” Bates told Radio Sport at the time.
“We’d talked about that over the last 12 months, and were on the same page going into England, but my heart wasn’t in it as much as it should be. I knew I didn’t have the energy the captaincy deserved.
NZC knew of ongoing tension between Bates and Tiffen, but insisted the latter was the right person to keep coaching the team.
At the time NZC’s head of high performance, Bryan Stronach, said news of Bates and Tiffen having their differences was no surprise.
“Yes we were aware.
“In one way it was good, they were stressed and trying to figure out the right way forward for the team.
At times the captain and coach have differing opinions on how to get there, that’s pretty natural and happens in a lot of teams around selection and other things.”