Less than two seasons after he was hired to get UW back to the NCAA men's soccer tournament, coach Jamie Clark has his rugged, eclectic, believing Huskies hosting Air Force in round one Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Huskies take on Pac-12 opponent Oregon State for their first league game.
Gonzaga and Cal Poly headline opening weekend in Seattle.
As the Husky coaching staff loses one of their best former players in Brandon Prideaux, they gain another in the hiring of Craig Waibel.
Craig Waibel was hired on Aug. 8, 2012 as the new assistant coach for UW men's soccer under head coach Jamie Clark.
Waibel joined the Michigan Wolverine coaching staff after a 12-year professional career in Major League Soccer in 2011, including stints with the Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy. Waibel, a native of Bellevue, Wash., most recently led the Houston Dynamo to back-to-back MLS Cups in 2006 and 2007 as a starting defender. Waibel also earned MLS Cup titles with the Earthquakes in 2003 and the Galaxy in 2002. His four rings rank No. 2 in MLS history.
Waibel was a four-year letterman and a 1999 graduate of the University of Washington, where he was named first-team all-conference and earned all-region honors. A two-time captain in 1997 and 1998, he led the Huskies to back-to-back Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships and to a No. 1 ranking during the 1997 season. Waibel was selected in the first round of the 1999 pro draft and made his MLS debut in 2000.
During Waibel's time with the Dynamo he also served as a volunteer assistant with the Rice women's soccer team and also spent time as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
In addition to his extensive professional career, Waibel has a long time history of philanthropy and was a five-time Major League Soccer Humanitarian of the Year. Waibel is currently involved in several charitable organizations in the Houston area, most notably "Waibel's Warriors," which benefits several Houston area charities.