It was with profound sorrow that the Executive Committee, the members and staff of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) learnt of the sudden passing of cricket coach Michael Hyles.
The GCB is particularly shocked as Hyles was not known to be suffering from any serious illness. In fact, he had been conducting coaching sessions in Berbice and just recently had visited the GCB’s office in Georgetown.
Michael Hyles, also referred to as Michael Franco, was a long-standing cricket coach of the GCB, sharing his expert knowledge across all levels, including female cricket. Hyles had been used extensively at the domestic level to assist in the development of players and coaches.
His wide array of coaching education knowledge had allowed him to become a highly reputable coach within Guyana, and he was also respected by regional coaching education facilitators.
Hyles, or ‘Franco’ as he is familiarly known, made sterling contributions to the GCB’s development plans, especially those relating to players’ and coaches’ development. His contributions and ideas at planning meetings were invaluable.
Hyles’ professional approach to coaching had won him many admirers. He will be dearly missed in the cricket fraternity.