Don Tricker, current coach of the world champion New Zealand men's softball team, has taken on a new challenge as senior adviser of high performance coaching at the New Zealand Academy of Sport.

The academy is the high performance unit of Sport and Recreation New Zealand.

Tricker has spent the last 16 years in the information technology sector and has earned a reputation as a successful player and now coach of the New Zealand Black Sox.

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.

SRNZ chief executive Nick Hill welcomed Tricker's involvement.

"Don has the experience and ability to begin creating a stronger network of support and resources required for our elite coaches to perform."