ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2018) - Orlando Pride and Head Coach Tom Sermanni have mutually agreed to part ways, the team announced today.
“I want to thank Tom for all that he has done for the Club, the community and for helping to build Orlando Pride over these first three seasons. He will forever be a part of the Orlando Pride family. We want to extend the best wishes to Tom in the next steps of his career,” Orlando City SC GM Niki Budalic. “Our goal for the Pride remains to field a playoff team that will bring an NWSL championship to our community and supporters.”
“It’s been a great honor to have been the inaugural coach of Orlando Pride and to have been a part of this wonderful organization. I’d like to thank all of our players, staff, fans and community for their tremendous support throughout my time here,” Sermanni said. “I want to wish the team and the organization great success moving forward. I look forward to being an avid supporter and following the Club’s fortunes.”
Sermanni was named the Pride’s first head coach in October 2015. Over three seasons with the expansion side, Sermanni compiled a 24-29-14 record. The Scotland native led Orlando to its first playoff appearance during the 2017 season, which led to Sermanni being named a finalist for NWSL Coach of the Year. In that 2017 season, the Pride finished with a league-leading 45 goals scored and finished the regular season in third place.
As the Pride enter the offseason, the search for the Club’s newest head coach will begin immediately.