Alex Gidman has been named as Gloucestershire captain for the 2009 summer.
The all-rounder, 27, takes over from Jon Lewis who stood down in November after three seasons in the role.
Gloucestershire finished bottom of Division Two in the County Championship last year, failing to register a single victory, while a team previously all-conquering at one-day level proved a shadow of their former self.
John Bracewell has been brought back for a second spell as coach following a lengthy stint in charge of New Zealand.
"To be given the job of GCCC captain makes me incredibly proud," said Gidman.
"I have learnt a huge amount in the last few years and feel the time is right for me to take on the role.
"The team and myself had a poor 2008 and I am so keen to move forward and prove how good I and we can be.
"The excitement around the boys about the coming year is great to be a part of and myself and John (Bracewell) will be doing our utmost to bring the best out of the players.
"I am not sure how many people know how much I love this club and cannot wait to get started."
Gidman was identified as a future leader as early as 2003 when, following a strong debut season, he was selected to lead the England A team on the winter tour to Malaysia and India by then academy coach Rod Marsh.
Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson added: "Alex Gidman has had plenty of experience of captaining the team in 2006 and 2007 in the absence of Jon Lewis on England duty or because of injury.
"We feel the time is right for him to take on the role full time and we are very confident that he will work really well with John Bracewell."