College coaching moves: Waldrum named Pitt's women's coach

Randy Waldrum, who led Notre Dame to two women's national championships and most recently coached the NWSL's Houston Dash, has been named the head coach of the University of Pittsburgh women's team.
 
In his 14 seasons at Notre Dame, he led the Fighting Irish to championships in 2004 and 2010. His teams won eight Big East titles. Notre Dame has since moved to the ACC, where Pitt plays.

Waldrum left his job as head coach at Notre Dame to take over as the Houston Dash head coach for its launch in 2014. But the Dash and Waldrum agreed to part ways just seven games into the 2017 season after it failed to make the playoffs in its first three seasons.

In October, the Nigeria Football Federation's executive board announced it had approved the appointment of Waldrum, who previously coached Trinidad & Tobago in 2015 Women's World Cup qualifying, as head coach of Nigeria's women's national team for the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations, which will serve as qualifying for the 2019 Women's World Cup in France.

But no announcement of a formal agreement with Waldrum has since been made. Nigeria star Desire Oparanozie recently ripped the NFF efforts to promote the Super Falcons as "pathetic."

"I would like to thank [director of athletics] Heather Lyke for giving me this wonderful opportunity to lead the women's soccer program at the University of Pittsburgh," said Waldrum in a statement. "I believe in the vision and excitement that she has brought to the Pitt athletic department and I look forward to being a part of that vision."

Greg Miller was fired as women's head coach in November after going 32-69-8 in six seasons at the school. The Panthers were last in the ACC in 2017 with a 0-9-1 record.

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