Speakers Profile - John Buchanan

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John Buchanan became the Australian cricket team coach in 1999 and in 2007 finished a very successful campaign as coach of Australia. John coached the team to a world record number of straight Test Matches (16 wins), consecutive One Day International victories (21) and set an unprecedented World Cup record with 2 World Cups and 24 games undefeated. At the time of his retirement, the Australian Cricket Team were the World Cup Champions, Test Cricket Champions and One Day Champions, and also returned the Ashes to Australia in early 2007. This record of victories makes John the most successful coach in history with a winning record of over 75% since 1999.
John Buchanan is also renowned for delivering Queensland their first Sheffield Shield title in 1994/5. In five years of coaching Queensland, they won the Sheffield Shield and Mercantile Mutual Cup twice.
John has a degree in Human Movement, a teaching Diploma and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Alberta University in Canada. He has also been granted an honourary doctorate by the University of Queensland for his services to sport.This education has influenced John's coaching style, which is vastly different to those used by cricket coaches for generations. While he was the first coach to use computer analysis of every ball bowled, he retained a unique approach to coach the 'whole person' rather than just the athlete.
John was a professional cricket player and represented Queensland in the late 1970's. He has held positions with the Brisbane Commonwealth Games, the Department of Tourism, Sports and Racing (Queensland) and lectured at the University of Canberra.
John's first book, 'If Better is Possible', continues to be a popular across many audiences from corporate leaders to sport coaches and athletes. His second book, 'Learning from Legends: Australian Cricket', focuses on leadership lessons was released in November, 2008; while his most recently published book, 'The Future of Cricket' deals with the 20 over phenomenon and where the game may be heading.