ND women's soccer coach Randy Waldrum resigns


Randy Waldrum is stepping down as head coach of the Notre Dame women's soccer program.

He is moving on to take over the Houston Dash of expansion franchise of the National Women's Soccer League.

Houston, an expansion franchise in the second-year U.S. women's professional soccer league, will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. ET Monday to announce Waldrum's hiring.

Waldrum spent 15 seasons in South Bend, winning national titles in 2004 and 2010.

"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.

"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."

"My decision basically came down to me wanting to get back to Texas and spending some time with my family," Waldrum continued. "I've been away for a long time, and I am about to become a grandfather for the first time. I want to be there to watch my granddaughter grow up and I hope that everyone can appreciate that."Notre Dame assistant coaches Dawn Greathouse and Corey Holton will take over the Fighting Irish program's day-to-day operations on an interim basis while a national search is conducted to identify Waldrum's successor.

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