The Houston Dash tabbed Notre Dame's Randy Waldrum as their first head coach in the NWSL. Waldrum, long considered to be one of the top minds in women's soccer has led the Lady Irish to a 294-58-17 mark over the past 15 seasons including five national championship appearances and two national titles (2004, 2010).
With more then 31 seasons of coaching behind him including his first coaching position at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, Waldrum is familiar with many of the nation's top players having served on U.S. national team staff since 1992 and the current U.S. U-23 head coach.
The selection of the Texan native who sports a 75 percent win ratio against Top 25 opponents makes a huge statement to the rest of the NWSL.
"Randy is one of the top names in women's soccer in the United States and brings instant credibility to the organization," said Dynamo president Chris Canetti. "We are very fortunate to have Randy on our staff and I'm excited to work closely with him and Brian Ching on building the club."
The former Notre Dame coach is not new to the business of building a soccer team from scratch having begun the Baylor Lady Bears soccer program seventeen years ago.
Scheduled to be introduced at a 2p.m. news conference on Monday January 6 at BBVA Compass stadium, Waldrum will begin the process of building his team with three key names already in place. Earlier on Friday, the NWSL allocated Canadien national team forward Melissa Tancredi, Mexican national team midfielder Teresa Noyola and U.S. national team defender Whitney Engen to the Dash.
The college draft slated to take place January 17, 2014 in Philadelphia will be preceded by a Dash expansion draft at a date yet to be officially announced.