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Craig Waibel
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
Alma Mater: Washington ('98)

Craig Waibel begins his second season as an assistant coach at Washington. He was hired on Aug. 8, 2012 to be a part of head coach Jamie Clark's staff.

In his first season back at his alma mater, Waibel helped the Huskies return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. The Dawgs finished the season with a record of 13-5-2, inclduing 7-1-2 in the Pac-12. Washington finished just two points shy of UCLA for the conference title, but did advance to the NCAA Tournament with a first-round victory over Air Force.

Before coming to UW, Waibel joined the Michigan Wolverine coaching staff after a 12-year professional career in Major League Soccer. He spent one season as an assistant coach and was the interim head coach during Michigan's search for a new top boss.

His previous coaching experience included six seasons as a volunteer assistant with the Rice women's team and two years as a volunteer assistant with the Washington men.

Waibel's 12-year professional playing career concluded in 2011 and included stints with the Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy.

Waibel  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.

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. He also co-created the University of Washington winter fundraising soccer camp that raises over $5,000 per season.

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