January 9, 2012
A NATIONAL APPOINTMENT
Notre Dame’s Waldrum takes over U.S. U23 Women
CHICAGO — Notre Dame head coach Randy Waldrum has been named head coach of the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team, the oldest age group of the USA’s five youth women’s national teams, it was announced Monday by U.S. Soccer. Waldrum, who will continue to maintain his position as the helm of the Fighting Irish in addition to his new role with U.S. Soccer, takes over the U-23 program from Bill Irwin who had guided the team for the previous five years.
“I’m truly honored to be named the new Under-23 Women’s National Team coach, and to wear the colors of our nation is a great source of pride for me and something I’ve aspired to for many years,” said Waldrum. “I can’t wait to get started coaching this age group, which is very important for the ongoing success and future of our Women’s National Team. I sincerely appreciate U.S. Soccer extending this wonderful opportunity to me.”
In 13 seasons at Notre Dame, Waldrum has guided the Fighting Irish to a 263-44-14 overall record while making it to eight NCAA College Cups and five national championship matches. He advanced to the NCAA College Cup in 2000, 2007 and 2009, had runner-up finishes in 1999, 2006 and 2008 and won NCAA titles in 2004 and 2010. His teams have won 11 BIG EAST Conference regular season titles and seven BIG EAST tournament titles.
Waldrum has coached for 30 seasons in college soccer, including stints as the women’s and men’s coach at Tulsa and the women’s coach at Baylor, a program he started from scratch in 1995.
Waldrum’s career winning percentage is third all-time among women’s soccer coaches with 10-plus seasons on the Division I level and second among active coaches. He has coached players who have received 26 All-America honors, including numerous players who have appeared for the USA’s youth national teams and in the professional ranks and several who have earned full national team caps.
As a player, Waldrum earned all-district honors all four years of his playing career at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, graduating in 1981 as a physical education major and political science minor. He then played professionally for the Los Angeles Skyhawks and the Indianapolis Daredevils of the American Soccer League.
Players eligible to play for the U-23s in 2012 must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1989.
Waldrum's first official duties as U.S. U-23 coach will take place Jan. 15-22 with a training camp in Sarasota, Fla.