NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma soccer head coach Randy Evans announced Tuesday that Wally Crittenden will join the coaching staff for the 2005 season and his primary focus will rest with the Sooners’ goalkeepers.
The Florida International University alum has put together a resume of various positions that includes being a regional staff member of the Olympic Development program, goalkeepers coach on the university level, head coach in the high school ranks and a director of the Elite Goalkeeping Academy.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have someone of Wally’s expertise added to our staff,” said Evans. “I have no doubt that he will have a tremendous impact on both the goalkeeping position and the team as a whole.”
Most recently, Crittenden was the head coach of the women’s team at Pasadena Memorial High School in Pasadena, Texas, for two years. During that same time, he was on the staff of the South Texas Olympic Development men’s team.
Crittenden is extremely active in the sport and is currently on the men’s goalkeeping staff for the Region III Olympic Development team, a position he began in 2000. Crittenden is also the director of the Elite Keeper Academy and was the goal keeping director at the United Alliance Soccer Club.
Before coaching on the high school level, Crittenden was a men’s assistant coach at Lynn University (Division II) in Boca Raton, Fla., where it finished No. 1 in the country in 2004.
“I am obviously excited about the opportunity to complement a well-respected staff and nationally-recognized soccer program,” said Crittenden. “The University of Oklahoma does an excellent job of setting standards high and expecting success academically as well as athletically.”
The Houston, Texas, native was a four-year letter winner in soccer at Florida International University (1998-2002) as a goalkeeper. Crittenden also enjoyed success during that same time off the campus of FIU as an ODP U-18 All-American and a member of the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team pool. After his collegiate career, he participated in trials with Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Miami Fusion and DC United.
Crittenden received his bachelor’s degree in education (emphasis in sport management) in 2003 from Florida International. He is also certified by the United States Soccer Federation Coaching School with his “C” license and is on schedule to receive his “B” license at the end of this year.
The hiring fills the void left by Shanna Caldwell, who recently took an assistant coaching position at the University of Alabama.
“Our program has a great appreciation for Shanna’s contributions over the past couple of years,” added Evans. “We wish her all the best at the University of Alabama.”
FAULKNER NAMED VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT
Faulkner (2002-04) played under Evans, tallying two assists as a defensive midfielder and captained the 2004 squad. She also played a vital role in the team's 2003 NCAA Tournament appearance.
Faulkner graduated from Oklahoma in May 2005 with a degree in sociology.
She recently obtained her "D" coaching license in June and is continuing her education at Oklahoma in pursuit of a master's degree in social work.