Tomaz Morais has made great use of his degree in physical education and sports. Although currently the technical director of the Cascais sports and theatre group, his expertise has seen him don many hats. These include a consultant to the International Rugby Board for the Sevens strategic plan, a television commentator, a newspaper columnist, and a college professor.
Becoming coach of the Portuguese National Rugby Team in 2001 saw Tomaz Morais take on a team ranked 30th in the world. Yet, under his leadership, the team rose through the ranks to the 15th place. They also managed to win several international competitions for the first time. These include the XV Championship of Europe (rugby 15), the European Sevens (rugby sevens), and placing 10th in the Hong Kong Sevens World Championship. They were one of 94 teams participating. His team also placed first in the World University Championship.
One of the highlights of his coaching career, however, was the 2007 World XV World Cup. It was the first time that the National Team participated and the first amateur team to compete in the final phase against professional teams.
In 2004, Tomaz Morais was nominated for the World’s Best Coach Award by the International Rugby Federation.
Someone who these days have become a sought-after speaker, Tomas Morais is also the author of “Commitment: Never Give Up, victories in sport applied to companies”. He believes that the best weapons to attain success are hard work and dedication, and teamwork is one of the fundamental tools in achieving your objectives.
Tomaz Morais, with his professional outlook on sport and his life in general, understands the joy one experiences in a job well done. As a speaker, he focuses on various areas that include leadership, teamwork, motivation, and conflict management. He lives in Portugal and speaks Portuguese and English.