Anna Gonzalez ‘16
The 2010 National Championship Team. Waldrum is in the back, third from the left. Henderson is in the front row, third from the left.
Following the 2013 Notre Dame women’s soccer season, head coach Randy Waldrum received an offer from the Houston Dash that he couldn’t turn down. The women’s professional soccer team offered him the head coaching position, and the Texan decided to go home in order to be closer to his family.
In 2010, Waldrum led his team at Notre Dame to a National Championship. One of the standouts of that squad was Melissa Henderson, also a Texas native. In 2012, Henderson was the second overall pick in the 2012 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft to the Boston Breakers. Later that season, the WPS folded, and the Women’s Premier Soccer League Elite (WPSL Elite) formed, and Henderson signed back on with the Breakers in the WPSL Elite, where she played four games. Then, she signed with FC Kansas City as a free agent. Over the course of her two seasons in Kansas City, Henderson played in 22 games with 16 starts.
Now, after a trade between the Houston Dash and FC Kansas City, she’s headed back to Texas to be reunited with her National Championship coach in Houston.— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash)July 9, 2014
Thank you to my teammates, coaches, & @FCKansasCity for an unforgettable journey. The memories I’ve made there are truly irreplaceable!— Melissa Henderson (@Mhenderson06)July 9, 2014
— Melissa Henderson (@Mhenderson06)July 9, 2014