Waldrum Dumps Falcons for American University Job


Duro Ikhazuagbe

Former Head Coach of the United States of America’s Under-23 national team, Randy Waldrum, who was contracted to lead the Super Falcons as Technical Adviser has dumped the Nigerian job.

Waldrum, 61, was on Tuesday appointed the head coach of America’s University of Pittsburgh women’s soccer team.

The former Trinidad and Tobago women national team coach was contracted by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) last October but bureacracy in finalising the contract terms delayed his assumption of work at the Glass House in Abuja.

Super Falcons have been without a coach since 2016 after they won African Women’s championship in Cameroon.
Former Captain of the team, Florence Omagbemi, led the country’s senior Women team to clinch 8th African Women Championship title before the NFF refused to renew her contract.

Waldrum was one of the coaches whose wages was to be picked by the Technical Partners of the NFF along with that of Super Eagles Franco-German Technical adviser, Gernot Rohr.

Waldrum is the second high profile coach to dump Nigerian job. Frenchman, Paul le Guen in June 2016 rejected the NFF offer after he was announced by Technical and Development Committee of the federation. He was to lead Eagles 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

It was after he rejected the job NFF turned to Rohr who eventually did a good job of qualifying Nigeria for the World Cup with a game to spare in a group that boast of AFCON reigning champions Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia.
University of Pittsburgh’s Director of Athletics, Heather Lyke, on Tuesday afternoon announced the hiring of Waldrum to lead the school’s women’s soccer team.

“We are thrilled to announce Randy Waldrum as our head women’s soccer coach at the University of Pittsburgh,” said Lyke.

“Coach Waldrum’s proven experience of developing elite players and building and sustaining highly successful programmes is most impressive.

“It is evident his passion for positively impacting young people is what drives his success. His championship pedigree and passion fits perfectly with the soccer culture we are creating at Pitt and we are eager to watch our programme emerge under his leadership.

“This is an exciting time for our women’s soccer programme and for the Pittsburgh soccer community,” read the university’s statement on the hiring of Waldrum.

Waldrum coached seven national team players who played for their respective countries at the Rio Summer Olympic Games in Brazil last year, including Team USA members Carli Lloyd, Morgan Brian and Pittsburgh native Meghan Klingenberg.