Ric Charlesworth is a doctor of medicine with an honorary Science degree and an Arts degree majoring in philosophy and history.
He is a former captain of the Australian Hockey Team and the Western Australian State Hockey Team and Cricket Team. He played hockey for Australia for a record 17 years and played first class cricket for nearly a decade.
He was elected a member of Federal parliament in 1983 and retired 10 years later. His plans to pursue medicine were diverted when he took on the position of National Coach of the Australian Women’s Hockey Team from 1993.
His coaching formula is part of the reason for the sustained success of the Hockeyroos at the Atlanta and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. For 8 consecutive years the team was ranked number one in the world. Between 2009 and 2014 he also coached the men’s team (The Kookaburras) who in 6 years only failed to reach the top of the podium once.
The author of five books his latest “World’s Best” has recently been released His second book “The Coach” was a best seller and required reading for coaches from every sport. He has worked with the Australian Institute of Sport as a mentor coach to 5 national team coaches and was a high performance consultant to the Fremantle Football Club for two years in 2001 and 2002.
In four World Cups and three Olympic Games as coach of Australia Charlesworth’s teams won Gold on 6 occasions and once won bronze. They won 8 of 9 Champions Trophy tournaments and 2 Commonwealth Games Gold medals… this is a record never equalled in the sport. Between 1994 and 2014 Charlesworth was ‘Coach of the Year’ 8 times!