Randy Waldrum

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Randy Waldrum
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Personal information
Full name Randy Marlon Waldrum[1]
Date of birth (1956-09-25) September 25, 1956 (age 66)
Place of birth Irving, Texas, United States
Position(s) Midfielder
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1981 Midwestern State University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Los Angeles Skyhawks
Indianapolis Daredevils
New York Cosmos
Management career
1978–1989 Pittsburg State University (women)
1989–1994 Tulsa (men)
1989–1994 University of Tulsa (women)
1996–1998 Baylor University (women)
1999–2013 University of Notre Dame (women)
2014–2016 Trinidad and Tobago (women)
2014–2017 Houston Dash
2018– University of Pittsburgh (women)
2020– Nigeria (women)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Randy Marlon Waldrum (born September 25, 1956) is an American former professional soccer player, the current head coach of University of Pittsburgh Panthers women's soccer team and is the current head coach of the Nigeria women's national team on October 5, 2020.

Coaching career[edit]

He started his coaching career at Austin College in 1982, leading the men's soccer team to a 4–12–1 record. In 1988, he was the head men's soccer coach at Texas Wesleyan University, and compiled a 6–10 record. From 1989 to 1994, he coached both the men's and women's soccer teams at the University of Tulsa. He posted a 66–33–6 record with the men, and a 61–36–9 record with the women. In 1996, he founded the Baylor University women's soccer program, and went 46–14–3 from 1996 to 1998. He was the head women's soccer coach at the University of Notre Dame from 1999 through 2013, where the team's record in 15 seasons was 292–58–17.

Waldrum led the Notre Dame women's soccer team to two national championships, in 2004 and 2010. The 2010 title game was his 300th match at Notre Dame.

The National Women's Soccer League 2014 expansion team Houston Dash named Waldrum as the team's first head coach. Waldrum signed a three-year contract ahead of the 2014 season and a one-year extension for the 2017 season, but left as head coach on May 29, 2017, after the seventh week of the 2017 season.[2] Under Waldrum, the Dash had a 19–39–13 record and did not make the league playoffs.[3]

Waldrum was fired as the Trinidad and Tobago women's national team coach in January 2016.[4]

In October 2017, Waldrum was appointed to be technical adviser and head coach of the Nigeria women's national football team, and was expected to take charge of the team ahead of the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualification tournament.[5] However, he turned down the role and was not appointed coach.[6]

In December 2017, Waldrum was appointed as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers.[7]

On October 5, 2020, Waldrum was appointed the head coach of Nigeria women's national football team, barely three years after turning down the role.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Waldrum is a native of Irving, Texas, and graduated from MacArthur High School in 1975. He was inducted into the Irving Independent School District Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.[10] He and his wife Dianna have one son.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "570 due graduation at MacArthur". Irving Daily News. Vol. 16, no. 72. Irving, Texas. May 25, 1975. sec. IV, p. 6. Retrieved June 17, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Corey Roepken (May 29, 2017). "Dash part ways with coach Randy Waldrum". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Corey Roepken (May 29, 2017). "@RipSports: BREAKING: The Dash and coach Randy Waldrum have parted ways. He was 19–39–13 in three-plus years. Was hired before inaugural season in 2014". Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Lasana Liburd. "TTFA axed Waldrum over slow paperwork; Hood tipped for W/Warriors post". Wired868.
  5. ^ Ahmadu, Samuel (October 19, 2017). "Randy Waldrum appointed Super Falcons technical adviser". Goal.com. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  6. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (January 25, 2018). "Swede Thomas Dennerby to coach Nigeria's women's team". BBC.com. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Randy Waldrum Named Pitt Women's Soccer Head Coach". pittsburghpanthers.com. University of Pittsburgh. December 19, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Waldrum named new Super Falcons head coach". FIFA. October 5, 2020. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  9. ^ Sulola, Remi (October 5, 2020). "Randy Waldrum appointed Super Falcons coach — years after rejecting offer". TheCable. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  10. ^ "Athletic Department: 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees" (PDF). Irving Independent School District. 2014. p. 2. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 17, 2022. Retrieved June 17, 2022.
  11. ^ "Randy Waldrum". Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Retrieved June 17, 2022.

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