Brian McDermott is a former professional rugby league player and considered one of the best rugby league coaches in the world. He is the current head coach of Leeds Rhinos in the Super League and the USA national rugby league team. In 2015 McDermott coached Leeds to a historic treble, winning the Challenge Cup 50-0, scoring a last second try against Huddersfield Giants to win the League Leaders Shield and beating Wigan Warriors in a major final for the first time by 22-20 in the Grand Final. McDermott won the UK's BBC Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award at the end of the 2015 season.
“Rugby League around the world needs brave people and those who are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to establish their mark.”
In 2015, McDermott volunteered his time to head coach the USA Hawks National Team. His first outing as coach of the USA Hawks was in the 2015 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers, in which he guided the USA to victories over Jamaica and Canada and subsequently qualified for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.