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November 6, 2017 by Speakers' Spotlight

John Herdman Wins Coach of the Year Award

Congratulations go out to Head Coach of the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team, John Herdman, who won the Jack Donohue Coach of the Year Award last week. Herdman is known for his riveting talks and capturing the hearts and minds of Canadians while coaching the Canadian Women’s  team to bronze medals at both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and also a gold medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Mexico―the first Pan Am gold in Canadian soccer history.

In his talks, Herdman―who was a nominee for both the 2012 and 2015 FIFA Coach of the Year―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, whether it’s on the field, in the workplace, or in the home.

Here’s some of what Herdman said to CBC after the win:

“I’m humbled by this honour,” said Herdman. “I’ve worked in coaching for over 20 years but have never felt like I’ve done a day’s work, so to be recognized for doing something you love and is your absolute passion, it feels strange, in a good way.

“When I read about Jack Donohue, who he really was and what he contributed to people, I honestly feel like I’ve still got a long way to go to be that good.”

Read the full story here.