It's hard to imagine ND not being a fixture at the college cup for the next several years.
But Waldrum was thought to be in line for the Womens natinal team coach for which he would have had to give up the ND job. I am very happy that he is at ND. I think he is the best coach in women's college soccer. Yeah even better than Anson. There are 4-5 teams out there that recruit better than ND but none have the record.
was the best thing that could have ever happened to this program.
I think the score of championships in that period is something like 3 - 2 in favor of UNC, and ND has at least as many semifinal appearances. I'm not sure what the head-to-head record is, but my sense is that Waldrum has given as good as he's gotten when the teams have played in the NCAA tournament.
That's not to say that Waldrum hasn't recruited well, just that UNC has still gotten just about any player they want.
Shannon Box and Kate Sobrero were Pettruceli recruits, weren't they?
Markgraf and Boxx both finished in '98 and Waldrum arrived in '99.
Hanks, Cinalli, Dew, Bock and Buczkowski played up through the U23 level, but never were part of a a senior WNT squad. Fowlkes made a camp, but not the squad, so she's topped out at U23 too.
Tancredi, Thorlakson, and Chapman have gotten capped for Canada -- all three played under Waldrum. I think Waldrum has had a couple of other countries, too.
Gudrun Gunnarsdottir was on Iceland's national team. Also, Brittany Bock was named to the 18-woman USWNT roster for several matches in 2009, but did not earn a cap.
Combine that with an even-stronger-than-usual recruiting class coming in next year, and I do agree with you.
The team was 3-3-1 while Roccaro and Laddish were away with the U20 national team, but once they returned, they were a pretty formidable side. It was unlucky timing to have such a young team coincide with a U20 World Cup year.
They only lose one starter from this season, Jazmin Hall, and while she's a solid player, she's not an All-American. Just a guess, but ND has to be, at a minimum, a pre-seaon top 10 pick next season, maybe even top 5.
should be a top 4 team next year. I don't know who loses what next year among the top teams, but Waldrum's track record seems to indicate that when his teams have the requisite talent and experience that ND can play with anyone in the country. ND should have ample talent and experience next year.
Sorry Adriana, no tournament heroics for you this year. Your former team just knocked you out of the tournament on your home field.