CHICAGO — Notre Dame women’s soccer 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 on Jan. 9 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.
Waldrum is one of the most successful college coaches in history. His vast experience with college-aged players gives him a unique insight into this vitally important age group of players, many of whom have trained with the full Women’s National Team or are still in the running for potential call-ups.
“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's first official duties as U.S. U-23 coach will take place Jan. 15-22 with a training camp in Sarasota, Fla. Among the 24 players on the United States roster for this camp are two Notre Dame players — freshman defender/midfielder Sammy Scofield (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) and sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Tucker (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny), both of whom are making their initial appearances with the U-23s. West Virginia senior Blake Miller also has been called in to training camp. In addition, West Virginia women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown will join the technical staff of the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team in Sarasota, Fla., from Jan. 15-22.