John Buchanan

A teacher by profession, John Buchanan has brought a new level of professionalism and precision to the Australian cricket team, which has developed into a match winning machine under his tutelage.

Coming from a background in grade and state cricket, John Buchanan was for a time a professional cricketer with Oldham in the Central Lancashire League and in 1998 was the coach of the Middlesex County Cricket Club.

However, he will go down in Australian cricket folklore as the man who, in 1994-95 finally delivered Queensland their first Sheffield Shield title after years of frustration. In his five years as coach Queensland twice won the Sheffield Shield and twice won the Mercantile Mutual Cup.

He was appointed national coach in 1999 and has since led the team to a world record of 16 straight test and one day international victories.

Apart from cricket he has had other sporting interests both as player and in administration. He was Sport Co-Ordinator of the XII Commonwealth Games, National Director of the Australian Volleyball Federation and was Manager, Sports Development, at Queensland’s Department of Tourism, Sport and Racing. He also lectured for a time at the University of Canberra.

John obtained a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies from the University of Queensland in 1976, a teaching diploma from TAFE in 1984 and in 1986 received a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from the University of Alberta.