Head Coach - Tom Sermanni
Tom Sermanni is the first and only head coach in the history of Orlando Pride.
Sermanni boasts a remarkable and successful coaching career spanning 30 years. His winning mentality and focus on player development directly contributed to the success of two of the most prominent national teams in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Australia and the eventual champion United States.
In 2017, Sermanni coached the Pride to the NWSL playoffs in just their second season, finishing with an 11-7-6 record and in third place in the league - a six-spot improvement from their inaugural year. In his time with Orlando, players have seen immense success under his leadership, receiving nine NWSL Team of the Month honors and two NWSL Player of the Month awards. Under Sermanni, three Pride players have been named to the NWSL Best XI and two to the NWSL Second XI. In 2016, Pride goalkeeper won NWSL and CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year honors.
As a player, Sermanni had over 300 professional appearances and 57 goals in a 16-year span for clubs in his native Scotland, as well as in England, Australia and New Zealand. As a coach, he spent much of his early career in Australia, taking the helm of the Australia Women’s National Team for the first time from 1994 to 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 the helm with the Matildas and led them to the quarterfinals of the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cups, as well as the No. 8 – Australia’s 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 undefeated year since 2006.
After two seasons in Orlando, Sermanni agreed to a contact extension with the Club on Oct. 4, 2017.
Assistant Coach - Khano Smith
Khano Smith joined the Orlando Pride coaching staff on Dec. 15, 2015.
In his first two seasons as assistant coach, Smith led the team to a 17-21-9 record, with an NWSL playoff appearance in 2017. Smith helped elevate Orlando from a ninth place finish in its inaugural campaign to a third place finish the next year.
Smith, 37, joined 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, the Bermuda international 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 to lead his team to the Eastern Conference Final 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.
After splitting his collegiate career between Champlain College and Lees-McRae College, 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 10 times in 32 appearances.
Off the field, Smith has served as a post-game 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
Lloyd Yaxley was appointed as the goalkeeper coach for the Orlando Pride on Jan. 27, 2017.
In his first season with the Pride, Yaxley coached Orlando goalkeeper trio of Ashlyn Harris, Aubrey Bledsoe and Caroline Stanley to a winning season with a record of 11-7-6. Under his coaching, the Pride goalkeeping corps earned nine NWSL Save of the Week awards and posted four shutouts.
Yaxley joined the Pride after four seasons with the Washington Spirit where he oversaw the development of Harris from 2013-15 and helped the team qualify for the postseason in each of the three seasons. In 2016, 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 is a frequent coach with the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team In addition, Yaxley has worked with the U-18 WNT and was also called to assist the senior U.S. Women’s National Team for 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.