U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced former Australia Women’s National Team coach Tom Sermanni as the new coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Sermanni takes over for Pia Sundhage, who led the U.S. to Olympic gold this past summer at the London Games.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to work with tremendous players and in a program that has had such a tradition of success,” Sermanni said. “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 coached Australia for the past eight years and from 1994 to 1997, leading the "Matildas" to three FIFA Women’s World Cups (1995, 2007, 2011). The Matildas reached the quarterfinals in the 2007 and 2011 tournaments. The 2011 Matildas team featured 2012 Breakers Kyah Simon and Tameka Butt. Sermanni coached in the U.S. during the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA). He was an assistant coach with the San Jose CyberRays before taking over as head coach of the New York Power, which featured current USWNT stars such Christie Rampone and Shannon Boxx.
Sermanni officially takes over as head coach of the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2013. U.S. Soccer Women’s Development Director Jill Ellis will coach the U.S. in its five remaning Fan Tribute Tour matches of 2012, which continues Nov. 28 in Portland against Ireland. The U.S. then plays Ireland Dec. 1 in Phoenix.