Ben Waldrum joined the Pitt staff in February 2018 after serving as a member of the FC Dallas staff since October of 2012.
"Ben brings experience of winning an NCAA title, he has international coaching experience, and is fully ingrained in the youth club scene nationwide,” said head coach Randy Waldrum. “His philosophy mirrors my vision for this team, and both these coaches will play a huge role for us in bringing this program to national prominence."
Ben Waldrum was most recently in the coaching ranks of the FC Dallas youth development program. In April 2015 he was promoted to head coach of the FCD Women. The team competed to a record of 34-3-3 under Waldrum's tutelage, appearing in the WPSL Playoffs in 2016 and 2017 and capturing the 2016 WPSL Southwest Conference championships.
He also served as the Affiliates Director, where the organization saw a 200 percent growth rate as he implemented programming for coaching education, player development, camps and clinics and college programs. Additionally, he was the head coach of the U19 FCD team for the 2017-18 season and the Elite Clubs National League head coach where he saw 16 players called into a national camp, representing five different countries.
This will be the younger Waldrum's second stint in the college ranks, as he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under his father at Notre Dame from 2003-08. With both Waldrums on staff, the Fighting Irish competed to a record of 111-13-5 and won the 2004 NCAA national title. He was a member of three NCAA College Cup appearances, won five Big East regular season titles and coached five All-Americans.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the University of Pittsburgh and the women's soccer program and excited to play a role in helping move the women's soccer program forward," said Ben Waldrum. "To be able to work alongside one of the top coaches in the women's game in Randy Waldrum and coaching in one of the most competitive conferences in the country was a challenge that I could not turn away from."