Century United is excited to announce that Ben Waldrum will be joining the staff as Director of Player Development! Ben is currently the Associate Head Coach at the University of Pittsburgh; holds a USSF "A" license and a USC Premier license. Ben has been a staple in the youth soccer community for 20+ years.
Prior to joining the Pitt staff, Waldrum coached 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.
Prior to his club coaching experience, Waldrum earned experience on the national level as he served as an interim head coach and assistant coach for the Trinidad & Tobago women's National Team from 2014-16. He served as the interim head coach for the squad in 2014, leading the team to a 2-0 record in the group phase of the 2014 CFU Championship Tournament. Waldrum helped the team jump 34 places, largest in history, in the 2014 FIFA World Rankings after a strong season on the pitch.
His primarily role for the club will be as leader of player development for our academy teams at all four locations in addition to leading the 2014 Girls out of our North Park fields.
Century Director of Coaching Dave Gray said, "Having Ben Waldrum join our directors’ staff is a huge step forward in our quest to always evolve our player development programming. Ben has helped to develop some of the very best talent in the country throughout his career. We’re excited about the new ideas and wealth of knowledge that he’ll bring to Century United.“