John has also played two successful seasons as the overseas professional for Oldham in the Central Lancashire League where he guided them to their first wins for over twenty years, claiming the League and Cup double in 1979 which had not been achieved in the Club’s history. John also was the overseas professional for Cambridge shire in the Minor Counties competition.
John maintained an interest in coaching as his career and life took him to different parts of the world, and different work opportunities. John had already obtained a Human Movement Studies degree from the University of Queensland where he studied excelled in exercise physiology, applied anatomy and biomechanics. In 1980, he worked for the Townsville City Council as their Recreation Officer; the XIIth Commonwealth Games Foundation through to the Games in 1982 in Brisbane; and continuing a career in sports administration, he was national executive director for the Australian Volleyball Federation.
However, John decided education was the direction he wanted to pursue so he returned to study and obtained a Diploma of Teaching within the Queensland TAFE system and taught in TAFE for two years.
He became aware of the opportunity to enter tertiary teaching in the developing area of sports administration so he took his wife, Judith and Tourism, Sport & Racing. So the family which had expanded by one, son Timothy returned to Brisbane in 1990.
It was also at this point that John decided to return to his old club, University CC to be their first XI coach. It was an active few years with a new job, and taking on managing funding programs within Tourism, Sport & Racing, another two children, Nicholas in 1991 and Elise in 1993, and the University CC winning the premiership for the first time since John was a member of the side, some 17 years previously.
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- 1978-1979: John represent Queensland in 7 Sheffield Shield Matches
- 1994: John was appointed head coach of the Queensland Bulls
- 1994-95: Queensland Bulls they won their first ever Sheffield Shield
- 1998: John took on the role of coach of Middlesex first XI
- 1999: John became the Australian Cricket Team coach
- April 2007: On retirement the Australian Cricket Team were the World Cup Champions
- April 2007: Test Cricket World Champions
- April 2007: ODI world champions
In 1998, John took on the role of coach of Middlesex first XI, and while it proved unsuccessful in terms of longevity in the job and results on the field, John has always felt it was one of his most significant learning experiences as a coach.
In 1999 John became the Australian Cricket Team coach after the retirement of Geoff Marsh and was head coach of a team which produced incredible results during his tenure. The team achieved a number of world records including the highest number of consecutive Test wins (16); the longest number of consecutive wins in World Cup (23); the first team to record 400 in an international ODI (One Day International) game; the highest winning percentage in Test and ODI’s of any coach who has coached more than 20 Tests and 50 ODI’s (approximately 70% in both).
When John retired at the end of the World Cup in Barbados in April 2007, the Australian Cricket Team were the World Cup Champions, Test Cricket World Champions and ODI world champions. These victories make John the most successful coach in history with a winning record of 70% since 1999.
John’s background of work, education, family and lack of success on the cricket field was always going to ensure that his approach to coaching would be different to most.
“A coach’s role is to expand the horizons of the team,” John explains. “And that means trying to develop the whole person, not just the cricketer. The same applies in any arena, be it sport, corporate, or life generally.”
John now takes the lesson he has learnt from sport and applies them to business. Through Buchanan Success Coaching, John offers his philosophy and proven track record in support of the highest outcome for both individuals and teams.
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