The Houston Dash has announced that it has parted ways with head coach Randy Waldrum. Waldrum, who had been the head coach of the Dash since the team joined the NWSL in 2014, sported a 19-39-13 overall record over 71 games in just over three seasons.
NEWS: Houston Dash and Randy Waldrum mutually part ways.
— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) May 29, 2017
Dash president Chris Canetti had this to say about the decision to part ways with Waldrum:
“Randy is an excellent coach and a great man. He has been fully committed to the Dash and the pursuit of our goals over the last three and a half years. Unfortunately, we have fallen short on expectations, and after a tough start this season, we both agreed today that it’s in the best interest of the team to have a new voice leading the group. We believe this team has the talent to be a playoff contender, and we hope this change can help point it in the right direction.”
Waldrum had this comment:
“I spoke with Chris today and we decided that it’s in the best interest of the players and the team to go in a different direction. This is a tough decision to make, but we all want the team to do well. This group has the talent to fight for a playoff spot and there are a lot of games left to reach that goal. I want to thank the organization, the players and the fans for a very memorable tenure here in Houston.”
Waldrum has been offered a technical advisory role with the team. The details of this role have not been released at this time nor if Waldrum will be taking the post.
Dash assistant coach Omar Morales will manage the team on June 3 against the Washington Spirit.
The club will be evaluating possible options regarding the head coaching position in the coming days.