Tom Sermanni has officially replaced Pia Sundhage as the U.S. women's national team soccer coach. Sermanni coached the Australian women's team for eight years and will start working in Jan. 2013. He has already been welcomed to the new position by several U.S. players on Twitter.
Tom Sermanni's Background in Coaching
The 58-year-old former midfielder has spent more than 20 years as a coach. Tom Sermanni's most recent job was with the Australian women's national team, but he has also coached the Canberra Metros, Canberra Cosmos, New York Power and others. The Australian Matildas reached the World Cup competition three times with Tom Sermanni.
The new U.S. women's national team coach has stated, "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 was selected after a long search because previous head coach Pia Sundhage has decided to return to Sweden. He will officially join the team in Jan. 2013, so the rest of the friendly matches this year will be coached by Jill Ellis.
Tom Sermanni's Previous Experience in the United States
Although he is not the candidate many fans expected to be chosen for the role, Tom Sermanni does have coaching experience in the United States from 2001 to 2003. He was a part of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) and worked with the San Jose CyberRays and New York Power. Sermanni did not appear to have any problems during his previous stint in the U.S., and he was also popular with Australia's team that has nicknamed him Papa Smurf.
Response from U.S. Players to the New Coach
The response from U.S. players to the new coach has been positive at this point. Some of them have turned to Twitter to share their thoughts on the replacement. Abby Wambach posted that she was "really pumped" about the news and welcomed Tom Sermanni to the team. Megan Rapinoe also wrote a message to welcome him to the team while Alex Morgan congratulated him. Heather Mitts added, "Welcome to new #USWNT head coach Tom Sermanni."
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