Notre Dame Women's Soccer Coach Randy Waldrum Resigns
January 4, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
NOTRE DAME PRESS RELASE
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Randy Waldrum, head women's soccer coach at the University of Notre Dame since 1999 and the architect of Fighting Irish national championship teams in 2004 and 2010, announced his resignation on Friday in order to pursue a professional opportunity with the Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).
Houston, an expansion franchise in the second-year U.S. women's professional soccer league, will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT) Monday to announce Waldrum's hiring. That press conference will be streamed live on the Internet at houstondynamo.com/live.
Notre Dame assistant coaches Dawn Greathouse and Corey Holtonwill share oversight of the Fighting Irish program's day-to-day operations on an interim basis while a national search is conducted to identify Waldrum's successor.
"Randy has taken our women's soccer program to new heights, both on the field and in the classroom," said Jack Swarbrick, University vice president and director of athletics. "He has been such a great leader for us, precisely because he built a truly elite program in a way that reflects Notre Dame's core values. His passion for this University and its women's soccer program is unquestioned and is further reflected in his willingness to assist us as we transition to new leadership for the program.
"We wish Randy all the best as he begins this new chapter in his very successful career," Swarbrick added. "We also look forward to building upon the tremendous foundation that he laid as we continue to compete as one of the elite women's soccer programs in the country."
"This is a very difficult day for me as I'm leaving the absolute best university in the country, yet excited about a new challenge that lies before me," Waldrum said. "I want to thank (University President) Father Jenkins and Jack Swarbrick for all they have done for me over the years and for supporting our program in a way that has allowed us to be one of the premier programs in the country. I'm proud of the fact that in 15 seasons here at Notre Dame, we competed in eight College Cups, five national championship games and won two national titles. However, what I'm most proud of is seeing how all of our players have graduated and gone on to do so many special things with their lives, making such a positive impact in society. Every player that has come through our program has given me memories that will last a lifetime, and I couldn't ask for more.