Randy Waldrum – Head Coach
The first head coach in the history of the Dash, Randy Waldrum enters his first year in the professional game after one of the most successful collegiate tenures in NCAA Division I history. Waldrum's career totals of eight NCAA semifinal appearances, five title games and two championships (2004 and 2010) all rank second in Division I women's soccer coaching history. His combined win total (399-108-29) and win percentage (.771)—spanning 24 total seasons at Tulsa, Baylor and Notre Dame—both rank fifth in the DI women's soccer record book.
A native of Irving, Texas, Waldrum graduated from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls before playing professionally for the Los Angeles Skyhawks and Indianapolis Daredevils of the American Soccer League. After hanging up his cleats, Waldrum spent time at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas Longhorns Soccer Club and Austin College before starting the men’s soccer program at Texas Wesleyan University in 1988. The next year he took over both the men’s and women’s teams at Tulsa University, where he spent the next eight years and remains the winningest all-time coach for both programs.
Waldrum returned to Texas in 1995 to start a women’s soccer program for Baylor University. In the first three seasons of the program from 1996-98, Waldrum compiled a 46-14-3 record and secured the first Big 12 championship for Baylor in any sport with a 9-0-1 conference record in 1998.
The success at Baylor earned Waldrum the head coach position at national powerhouse Notre Dame, where he found immediate success. In Waldrum’s first season at the helm, Notre Dame won the Big East tournament and made its way to the NCAA championship match before losing out to North Carolina. Waldrum would go on to win two national championships with the Fighting Irish in 2004 and 2010, as well as 12 Big East regular season titles and seven tournament championships. Waldrum coached five national players of the year (three MAC Hermann trophy winners) and 28 All-Americans while at Notre Dame, and collected five Big East and two national Coach of the Year awards.
In addition to his collegiate responsibilities, Waldrum served as a member of the U.S. Soccer staff since 1992, and was head coach of the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team from 2012-13.
Randy and his wife, Dianna, have a son, Ben, who served as an assistant coach alongside his father at Notre Dame for five years and is now the affiliate director and part of the ECNL staff at FC Dallas.
Steve Branz - Goalkeeper Coach
Apart from extensive girl’s club soccer experience, Branz also comes to the Dash with substantial experience at the ODP and national level. He was the Region III Goalkeeper Coach from 2001-2003, during which time he co-coached the ’86 ODP team to a National Championship. At the national level, he was the assistant coach for the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team that finished in 4th place in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was also the assistant coach for the U.S. U-15 Girls’ and U-17 Women’s National Teams in 2011.
At the collegiate level, Branz was the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach for the University of Houston’s inaugural season in 1998 was the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach for Rockford College prior to that (1991-1993). As a player, Branz played at Cornell College where he was named to the All-Conference and Academic All-Conference team all four seasons of his college career. He was also named the team MVP and team captain his final season.
Branz then went on to play professional soccer for several clubs including the Illinois Thunder (NPSL) and the Houston Hurricanes (USL).
Outside of playing and coaching, Branz has been a member of the Kick Cancer Camp Advisory Panel since 2011 and is a founding partner of VerdeBrisa.com. Branz currently resides in Houston with his fiancée, Rocio.
Brian Ching - Managing Director
Ching’s performance on and off the field upon his and the team’s arrival in Houston made him the face of soccer in the city, a position that he continues in his role in the front office. Ching earned the love and respect of the fans in the inaugural Dynamo game, scoring four goals against the Colorado Rapids. He was a key part of the team’s championship runs in 2006 and 2007, and was named 2006 MLS Cup MVP.
After graduating from Gonzaga University, Ching was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft. He spent 2002 with the Seattle Sounders in the A-League before being picked up by the San Jose Earthquakes the following year, where he won the 2003 MLS Cup and stayed until the franchise moved to Texas. In 2004, Ching was named MLS Comeback Player of the Year and earned a spot on the Best XI team as he tied for the league lead in goals (12). Ching was named to the MLS All-Star team six times, and finished his career 11th on the all-time scoring list (82).
Ching has been an active member of the community since coming to Houston. His “House that Ching Built” initiative with Habitat for Humanity has built several homes for families in Houston’s East End. The Brian Ching Testimonial Match honoring his retirement raised $130,000 for the initiative, which represents the largest donation made by Dynamo Charities.
The Haleiwa, Hawaii, native earned 45 caps for the United States on the international stage, scoring 11 goals. He was named to the U.S. roster for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and was part of the 2007 Gold Cup-winning squad.
In his current role, Ching oversees all aspects of the Dash—both business- and soccer-related—under the supervision of Dynamo and Dash team president Chris Canetti.