Head Coach - Tom Sermanni
Tom Sermanni serves as the head coach of the Orlando Pride, the newest club in the National Women’s Soccer League based in sunny Orlando, Florida.
Sermanni boasts a remarkable and successful coaching career spanning 25 years. His winning mentality and focus on player development have directly contributed to the success of two of the most prominent national teams in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Australia and eventual champions, the United States.
As a player, Sermanni had over 300 professional appearances and 57 goals in a 16-year span for clubs in his native Scotland, England, Australia and New Zealand. As a coach, he spent much of his early career in Australia, taking the helm of the Australian Women’s National Team for the first time from 1994-1996.
In 2002, he took over as head coach for the New York Power of the Women’s United Soccer Association and was nominated for Coach of the Year. In 2004, Sermanni returned to helm the Matilda’s and led them to the quarterfinals of the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the team was ranked eighth – the highest ever – in the FIFA Global rankings.
In 2012, Sermanni was named head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, compiling a 17-2-4 record in a two-year span. During that time, the squad retained its No. 1 FIFA ranking, captured the 2013 Algarve Cup and registered its first unbeaten year since 2006.
Assistant Coach - Khano Smith
Khano is a six-year Major League Soccer (MLS) veteran and Bermudian international.
Smith, 34, arrives to Orlando after registering a 19-1-1 record (.929 winning percentage) during his first season as an assistant coach with the Southern New Hampshire University men’s soccer team in 2015.
In addition, Orlando Pride’s newest coaching staff member brings plenty of on-the-field experience. The former left-winger appeared in 100 matches for the New England Revolution in six years, scoring eight goals, including the late game-winning goal against the MetroStars that led his team to the MLS Conference Championship in 2005. Smith also played one season with the New York Red Bulls in 2009 and English side Lincoln City in the 2009-10 season.
The two-time NSCAA All-American is one of Bermuda’s most famous soccer players, having played for the national team from 2003 until 2011, finding the back of the net ten times in 32 appearances.
Off the field, Smith has served as a postgame analyst for the New England Revolution with Comcast Sports New England. Additionally, he has worked with the Revolution as a Youth Development Player Coordinator as well as a scout for the first team.
Goalkeeper Coach - Lloyd Yaxley
Yaxley joins the Pride after four seasons with the Washington Spirit where he oversaw the development of current Orlando goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris from 2013-15 and the team qualified for the postseason in each of the last three seasons. Last year, Yaxley coached Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé, who went on to win a bronze medal with Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Prior to joining Washington, Yaxley was a coach for D.C. United Women and also served as the Director of Goalkeeping and Sr. Director of Coaching for Prince William Soccer Inc.
A native of Essex, England, Yaxley joined the U.S. U23 Women’s National Team coaching staff during the team’s Istria Cup win last year in Croatia. In addition, Yaxley has coached the U18’s and U23’s at multiple camps, and was also called to assist the full U.S. Women’s National team’s two matches against Romania in November 2016.
Yaxley holds both a USSF B coaching license and an NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping diploma.
Before coming stateside, Yaxley oversaw goalkeepers for Chelsea FC affiliate P.A.S.S. and enjoyed a playing career with multiple overseas clubs.