John Herdman


When John Herdman became head coach of the Canadian Senior Women’s National Soccer Team, he quickly reshaped a squad that had seemingly lost its way into a team that captured the hearts and minds of Canadians in the 2012 Summer Olympics and brought home the bronze.

From 2006 to 2011, Herdman was head coach of the New Zealand Women’s National team, leading his players to the Women’s World Cup in 2007 and 2011 and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

He also held the position of New Zealand’s Director of Football Development, where he introduced changes that have revolutionised how soccer is organized and delivered with his award-winning “Whole of Football Plan.” He was nominated for the 2012 FIFA Coach of the Year Award.

As a coach and a professional speaker, Herdman stresses the importance of developing a high-performance culture; learning to overcome adversity with grace; and the role of leaders to inspire trust, confidence, and success.

He is currently at work on A Beautiful Game: How Soccer Captured the Heart of a Nation