SEATTLE -- Husky alum and assistant soccer coach Craig Waibel is leaving Washington to accept a job as an assistant coach with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer. He leaves the Dawgs after two seasons helping build his alma mater into one of the top programs in the nation.
Waibel was named the 2013 NSCAA Far West Regional Assistant Coach of the Year after helping head coach Jamie Clark lead Washington to a Pac-12 Title and No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Dawgs went onto advance to the Round of Eight, the best finish in program history. Waibel worked with a team that finished 29-7-6 during his two seasons in Seattle.
A 1998 graduate of Washington and one of the top players in program history, Waibel leaves a legacy at UW for the second time.
"We are all delighted for Craig," said Clark. "He's been a huge part of our program's success over the past few seasons. As a Husky alum he was determined to get UW back near the top of college soccer and he can head to the MLS knowing he achieved this."
Waibel leaves Washington in excellent position to compete at the highest level again next season. The 2013 team had just four seniors with one, Spencer Richey, hoping to return for a fifth year if he is granted a medical redshirt after breaking his leg. Other seniors Taylor Peay and Michael Harris are prospects in the MLS draft, while Dartmouth transfer Brad Jacobson remains at UW to finish his master's degree.
Clark will begin an immediate nationwide search for Waibel's replacement on the Washington staff.