Tom Sermanni will take over as the new head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team.
Sermannni served two separate stints with the Australian National Team from 1994-1997 and 2004-2012. Under his guidance the Matilda's advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2007 and 2011 Women's World Cup.
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati had this to say about the new leader of the squad:
“He has the knowledge, experience and vision to take on the challenge of keeping our team at the top of the world. He has a tremendous passion for the game, knows the American players, understands our system and knows the process of preparing a team for a World Cup tournament. We’re tremendously excited to have him on board as we look forward to qualification for the 2015 Women’s World Cup.”
Sermanni was an assistant coach for the San Jose CyberRays of the WUSA for two seasons and head coach of the New York Power in 2003. The New York Power featured current USWNT members Christie Rampone and Shannon Boxx.
In the press release by U.S. Soccer, Sermanni discussed his excitement about taking over the storied program.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to work with tremendous players and in a program that has had such a tradition of success,” said Sermanni. “U.S. Soccer has always been at the forefront of supporting the women’s game, and it’s exciting to coach the team in this next chapter of its history. After coaching against many of these players for years, I am looking forward to working with an accomplished group of veterans while integrating the numerous talented young players who are itching for a chance to prove themselves. It will be an exciting few years for the U.S. team and for all the great fans as we work toward the highest goals at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.”
Sermanni's tenure will begin officially on January 1, 2013.