After beginning his cricket career playing for the University Club in Brisbane, John Buchanan went on to represent Queensland in seven Sheffield Shield matches between 1978-1979, scoring 160 runs in 13 visits to the crease, with a top score of 41 against NSW. Then in his first season as coach of the Queensland Bulls they won their first ever Sheffield Shield (1994-95 season). In his five years coaching the Bulls they won the Sheffield Shield and Mercantile Mutual Cup, twice each.
In 1999 John Buchanan became the Australian Cricket Team coach after the retirement of Geoff Marsh and has since led the team to a number of world records including the highest number of consecutive Test wins (16); the longest number
The Australian Cricket Team was then the World Cup Champions and Test Cricket World Champions. These victories make John the most successful cricket coach in history with a winning record of 70% since 1999. In June 2007, John stepped down from his position as Australian Cricket coach and is now concentrating on the next phase of his career.
John has held positions as the Sports Coordinator of the XII Commonwealth Games, National Director of the Volleyball Federation and was Manager - Sports Development at the Department of Tourism, Sports and Racing.
John Buchanan has proved extremely popular in the corporate sector as well as the sporting sector with his unique but successful skills as an educator and coach. Due to the demand for John to coach and present talks and seminars beyond cricket, Buchanan Success Coaching was formed."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."
Through Buchanan Success Coaching, John offers his philosophy and proven track record in support of the highest outcome for both individuals and teams. The delivery of these services can be by way of organisational program, seminar, conference or boardroom meeting – always tailored to meet the specific need of the client.
In 1999 John became the Australian Cricket Team coach after the retirement of Geoff Marsh and has since led the team to a number of world records including the highest number of consecutive Test wins (16); the longest number of consecutive wins in World Cup (22); 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).
In May 2007, John Buchanan retired as Australian Coach.
He coached the Kolkata knight Riders for the first two IPL tournaments. Although without the success of his previous coaching record, John provides extremely valuable insights and comparisons between both.
John is now focused on providing mentor coaching to elite coaches and sportspeople across all sports, along with guest speaker appearances.
John has written three books since finishing with the Australian team:
1. If Better is Possible – a book which reflects on his life experiences and how these helped shape his coaching principles and philosophies illustrated by anecdotes of his time with the Australian, Queensland and Middlesex cricket teams
2. Learning from Legends, Australian Cricket – this book is a compilation of 50 interviews with well known current players such as Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds, Ricky Ponting, Justin Langer, Mike Hussey, Jason Gillespie; former players such as Bobby Simpson, Richie Benaud, Brian Booth, Graham McKenzie, Kim Hughes, Graham Yallop, Greg Chappell, Rick McCosker, Max Walker; administrators such as Malcolm Speed, David Gilbert, Dennis Rogers; and many others. They discuss their thoughts on leadership and what makes a good leader
3. The Future of Cricket – the most recent book is a reflection on the first year of IPL and opinions as to where cricket may or should go into the future.
Speaker Topics Include:
Control the Controllables
Pressure is a Myth
The whole person Approach
Know yourself, know your Team
How to develop High Performance Teams
Dealing with the difficult personality