Tom currently resides in Orlando after recently being appointed as Head Coach of Orlando Pride. He was previously assistant National Team coach for the Canadian National team and head coach of the USA Women's National Team and the Australian National team. Tom has wide-ranging  experience in elite soccer with a professional playing career spanning 18 years playing with clubs in Scotland, England and Australia. At the conclusion of his playing career Tom moved into coaching and over the past 25 years has pursued his career in the USA, Australia, Japan and Malaysia. His expertise results from working extensively in all aspects of coaching in both men’s and women’s soccer. This has included National teams, professional clubs and also elite development as National Technical Director. Tom holds an AFC Pro License and has led teams to three FIFA Women’s World Cups. 

TOM SERMANNI

professional coach & technical advisor

EXPERIENCE & BACKGROUND

Coaching (Women)

  • 2015-Head Womens Coach Orlando Pride NWSL

  • 2014- Assistant Coach & Technical Advisor to the Canadian Womens National team at the 2015 FIFA World Cup-Canada

  • ​2013-2014  Head Coach US Women’s National Team. In 2013 the USA remained undefeated for the first time since 2006. Won the Algarve Cup. Maintained world number one ranking. Rebuilt the squad including international starts for ten players, three of whom were college based players.

  • 2005-12 Head Coach and Technical Director. Australian Women’s Football. Asian Cup Winners 2010 (first and to-date only Australian soccer team men’s or women’s to win a major international tournament). Asian Cup Runners-Up 2006. Improved FIFA World Ranking from16 to 8. Highest in the history of the program. Consecutive Quarter-Final appearances at the 2007 and 2011. World Cups. AFC Coach of the Year 2007. One of the youngest teams at the 2011 World Cup with an average age of less than 21. The squad included eight teenagers, one of whom won the U21 Player of the Tournament. 

  • Initiated the Australian Women’s National League (W-League)

  • 2003 Head Coach New York Power WUSA Nominated for Coach of the Year

  • 2001-2002 Coach Bay Area CyberRays WUSA Winners of inaugural Grand Final

  • 1994-97 Head Coach Australian Women’s National Team  Became the first full-time professional Women’s National Coach. Implemented a nationwide development program Initiated the first senior national team program Formed U’16 and U’19 National Teams, Qualified for the 1995 World Cup in Sweden. 


Coaching (Men)

  • 1999-2001 Head Coach Canberra Cosmos Australian National Soccer League

  • 1997-99 Head Coach Sanfreece Hiroshima Japan J-League

  • 1993-94 Head Coach Sydney Olympic Australian National Soccer League

  • 2005-2008 Scout, Australian Men’s National Team (2005 Confederation Cup in Germany, 2008 Olympic Games in China 

  • 2004 Director of Coaching Sarawak, Malaysia

  • 1987-1990 Player/Coach Canberra Deakin NSW Super League 


Coaching (Youth)

  • 1991-1992 Coach, Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Men’s Youth Program

  • 1988-1990 Head Coach Australian Schoolboys

  • 1992 and 2004, Coach, Westfields Sports High School


Playing Career

  • SCOTLAND: Albion Rovers, Dunfermline

  • ENGLAND: Blackpool FC, Torquay Utd

  • AUSTRALIA: Marconi, Canberra Utd 

Qualifications

  • AFC Pro Licence

  • ACC (Australian Coaching Council) Diploma in Advanced

  • Coaching Theory

  • Diploma in Education