The Houston Dash have named Omar Morales interim head coach for the rest of the season, the team announced Wednesday. Morales handled the coaching duties on Saturday in Houston’s 2-0 loss to Washington following the departure of Randy Waldrum.
Morales, a native of El Paso, Texas, becomes the first Latino head coach in NWSL history and the second coach in Dash franchise history.
“This is something you dream of when you get into coaching,” Morales said in a Dash press release. “I learned a lot from my first game on the sideline, and as the head coach a lot of responsibility falls on you. You take everything in and learn to manage the game at this level. Other than that, its soccer.”
Morales is an alum of West Texas A&M and is the former head coach of Eastern New Mexico. He will coach his first game as interim head coach on Saturday, June 17 at home vs. the Orlando Pride. Midfielder Carli Lloyd, who spent the first half of the year with Manchester City in England, is expected to make her return to the Dash in that game.