The Houston Dash have announced that they have hired Vera Pauw as their new head coach.
Welcome to Houston, Vera! #DashOn
— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) November 28, 2017
Pauw replaces interim head coach Omar Morales, who took over the position midway through the 2017 season after the Dash parted ways with head coach Randy Waldrum.
Pauw, who has held head coaching positions with the Scotland Women’s National Team, the Netherlands Women’s National Team, and the Russian Women’s National Team, joins the Dash after two years with the South African Women’s National Team.
“I’m very excited. It’s just a dream come true, isn’t it? To be able to be coach and play in facilities like BBVA Compass Stadium and in such a competitive league. Soccer is an evolving sport here in the U.S. with a unique background, and I am very excited about the opportunity ahead to work with a very talented roster. We have a solid core of players that will be key in reaching our goals for 2018 and beyond.” Pauw said in the Houston press release.
“We are thrilled to have Vera as the next Dash head coach and look forward to her making positive contributions to the club,” Dash president Chris Canetti said. “She brings a wealth of experience at the highest level, a strong record of success, and a passion for the game. She also has a strong desire to be a part of our club and believes in what we are building here in Houston.”