Queenslander Lee Bodimeade is back on home turf and he is planning the downfall of the Australian Hockeyroos.
The Warwick product, who played more than 100 games for Australia and won a silver medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, is head coach of the USA Women's Team that will play the Hockeyroos in three matches at the Sunshine Coast over Easter.
Now based in San Diego, Bodimeade played for and coached the Bulimba Bulls in the Brisbane Hockey League before landing the head coach role for US Field Hockey in 2005.
Bodimeade led the Americans to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and the USA has also qualified for the upcoming London Olympics, by beating world champions Argentina 4-2 in the final of the Pan American Games last October.
"We have had some good results of late against the top teams in the world and now we are looking for the consistency to deliver the same performances," Bodimeade said.
"Knowing that we can beat the best provides a greater belief within the team to achieve this."
Bodimeade said the US team's expectations for their visit Down Under is "to come away from this tour better prepared for the Olympic Games".
"We have pre-qualified for the first time in over 20 years and this has provided us with the opportunity to be very specific in our planning and preparation," he said.
"Our goal for the Olympics is to win the gold medal. We are not going to the Olympics for experience or to develop players, we are going to win and that is what I expect. I am sure that this is the same with every team going to London."
Bodimeade says it will not be difficult coaching against his home country when the US team tours Australia for the first time since 2004.
"International coaching now is just like other professions, you move from company to company like other jobs," he said.
"I am still Australian but my passion is for the team that I coach."
The coach says his 19-member squad is carrying good form into the tour, adding Kayla Bashore-Smedley, Paige Selenski and Katie O'Donnell's style of play "will impress the crowds."
Bodimeade said he is "looking forward to catching up with lots of friends that I have played alongside and against in my time back in Queensland".
Australia plays the USA in three Test matches at the Sunshine Coast Hockey Complex at Buderim from April 5-8.
For game times and tickets visit www.suncoasthockey.com.au