Tom Sermanni, who coached Australia to three women’s World Cups, has been hired to coach the United States women’s soccer team.
Sermanni guided the Matildas to the quarterfinals of the past two World Cups. And he is a familiar name in American women’s soccer, having previously coached for three seasons in the now-defunct Women’s United Soccer Association.
The United States Soccer Federation interviewed Sermanni before hiring Pia Sundhage to coach the national team in 2008. She left to return to her native Sweden after leading the United States to gold medals at the 2012 London Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, along with a second-place finish at the 2011 World Cup in Germany.
“Very excited about the choice of Tom Sermanni by Sunil Gulati, the U.S. Soccer President, as our next US Women’s National Team Coach. We were the first State Association to have the pleasure to host and work with Sermanni’s most recent team last month when they faced Haiti at Carroll Stadium at IUPUI. He is a class act with greatknowledge, experience and a clear vision of where our national team is headed.” Steve Franklin, Director of Education of Indiana Soccer Association stated.
“When he joined us for the exhibition in September – he was all access –with our youth coaches; our youth players and even our fans. He took the time to make sure fan favorite Caitlin Foord got over to sign pregame autographs for a young group of local female players moments before kickoff.” Franklin stated.
Sermanni, 58, a native of Scotland, will take over on Jan. 1. He is considered a player’s coach and has a calm demeanor. His duties will include the development of women’s soccer in the United States.