Seated next to Brian Ching, managing director of the Houston Dash and Chris Canetti president of the Houston Dynamo, former Notre Dame women's soccer coach Randy Waldrum was introduced as the first head coach of the Houston Dash.
For Waldrum, the decision to return home was not a difficult one.
"Boy, I can't tell you how excited I am first of all to come home. Texas is home for me and I couldn't be more excited about coming back to this great state. It is an absolutely wonderful soccer state," said Waldrum. "so well recognized with the great youth programs that we have both in north and south Texas."
With a smile,Waldrum continued. "I am also very excited that I can do some things now that I couldn't do when I was in the collegiate game and working up in South Bend. I can say ya'll again allright I can say I'm fix'in to go somewhere again and everybody understands what I mean. I can ask for a coke and know that you should really ask me if I want a coke or a Dr. Pepper or what do you want."
Waldrum, who led the Lady Irish to two national titles during his fifteen year tenure is no stranger to building teams from scratch. The native Texan began the Baylor University soccer program is looking forward to leading the Dash to multiple NWSL titles and creating an organization that is not only the best in America but may well be the women's version of FC Barcelona.
"I'd like to be the female Barcelona of the world if you want allright doesn't everybody today. In all seriousness, that kind of possession style where it's a very attack minded, we want to put people in the stands and the only way to do that is to put that kind of mentality on the field."
The former U-23 women's national team coach solely focused on his job with dash, expecting the Dash to be a mirror image of the Dynamo both on and off the field.