Randy Waldrum signed a new contract to remain as manager of the Panthers till 2027, Director of Athletics Heather Lyke, University of Pittsburgh announced on Thursday afternoon.
Waldrum became the head coach of Nigeria Women Senior National Team on October 5, 2020 while simultaneously presiding over the University of Pittsburgh women’s soccer team in the USA.
The 66-year-old was first appointed the manager of the school’s women team in December 2017 and has since developed the football dominance of the school.
“We are ecstatic to announce that we have extended Coach Waldrum’s contract,” Lyke said. “Randy has developed winning cultures everywhere he has been and has continued that track record of success here at Pitt. Since Coach Waldrum’s arrival, he and his staff have built our women’s soccer program into a national contender and our student-athletes’ experiences have been extraordinary. We are thrilled to have Coach Waldrum continue to lead our student-athletes and look forward to seeing the great expectations continue to rise and be achieved by our women’s soccer program.”
He took over a program that had won just five total games and one conference game in the previous two seasons and built it into a 14-win team, an ACC contender, and an NCAA Tournament qualifier in just five years. Under Waldrum’s watch, the Panthers have won 45 games, including 36 over the last three seasons.
“I am extremely excited about continuing my time at the University of Pittsburgh,” Waldrum said. “I want to thank Heather Lyke and Chancellor Gallagher for believing in me and our staff. I also want to thank (Associate Athletic Director, Administration) Katie Stumpp for her support of our staff and our team. I’m looking forward to continuing our growth as a perennial national power along with associate head coach Ben Waldrum (his son) and assistant coaches Dustin Stein and Jesse Goldman. We have more work to do, but clearly, we are moving in a positive direction. Lastly, I want to thank our players, who have been nothing short of amazing. Since day one on campus, they have bought in to our philosophy and game model and the commitment it takes to be successful. We are all excited and looking forward to making Panther Nation proud.”
Despite failing to win the African Women’s Cup of Nations in 2022, Super Falcons still qualified for the next Women’s World Cup, scheduled to hold this year in Australia and New Zealand.
Waldrum has also served as the head coach of the United States U-23 National Team, winning the Four Nations Cup in 2012 and ’13 as well as the Three Nations Cup in ’12.