After a lengthy and successful career on the field in MLS and one season on the bench as an assistant coach, Craig Waibel was named Technical Director for Real Salt Lake on December 16, 2014.
A longtime MLS defender, Waibel made 156 career appearances in 11 MLS seasons, playing most of his career with the Houston Dynamo. He won MLS Cup four times as a player, first with the 2002 LA Galaxy, then with the 2003 San Jose Earthquakes and finally in back-to-back seasons with the Dynamo in 2006 and 2007. During his 12 years as a professional, he played with the Seattle Sounders (A-League, 1999-2002), Colorado Rapids (2000), LA Galaxy (2001-2002), San Jose Earthquakes (2003-2005) and Houston Dynamo (2006-2010).
After retiring in 2010, Waibel moved into the coaching ranks, starting as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan in 2011 before spending two seasons at the University of Washington in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, he came to RSL and served as the club’s main defenders coach, leading the defensive core to a top-three finish in MLS with 39 goals allowed.
In addition to his success on the field, Waibel was also named MLS Humanitarian of the Year five times in his career. While with the Dynamo, he started Waibel’s Warriors and the Bald is Beautiful campaign to raise funds for Curing Children’s Cancer Fund and regularly visited the Texas Childrens Hospital Cancer Ward, ensuring that his time spent in Houston would be remembered as much for the incredible work off the field as it was for the championships he won on it.