Wally Crittenden is in his third season as the volunteer assistant coach for the Texas A&M soccer team. In the past two years he has helped the Aggies to as many Big 12 Championships and NCAA postseason berths. Crittenden aids the Aggies as a goalkeeping coach.
A native of Houston and currently the technical director of the Aggieland Texans Soccer Club, Crittenden spent the previous three years as a full-time assistant at Nebraska where he worked as the goalkeeping/defensive coach.
In his three seasons at Nebraska, Crittenden directed NU goalkeepers to 12 shutouts and launched the Nebraska Soccer Booster Club, an organization that gave fans new and exciting opportunities to support the Huskers. Crittenden joined the Husker program after working with Oklahoma women's soccer in 2005 and 2006, helping the Sooners to 14 shutouts over his last two seasons.
Prior to his time at OU, Crittenden was extremely active at various levels of soccer, including high school, Olympic Development and NCAA Division II. He has also worked with the Texas A&M Soccer Camp since 2005. Crittenden began his career on the men's goalkeeping staff for the Region III Olympic Development team beginning in 1999, and has since added coaching credentials as a men's assistant at NCAA Division II Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., head coach of the women's team at Pasadena Memorial High School in Pasadena, Texas, and as a staff member for the South Texas Olympic Development men's team.
Born in Jackson, Miss., Crittenden grew up in Houston and graduated from Clear Lake High School. He went on to a successful collegiate career at Florida International (1998-2002) as he lettered all four years as a goalkeeper for the Panthers. Crittenden earned his bachelor's degree in education with an emphasis in sport management in 2003 and is expected to graduate with a master's degree in higher education administration from Nebraska this fall. During his playing career, Crittenden also earned accolades as a U-18 ODP All-American and a member of the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team. Crittenden has also competed professionally in trials with Major League Soccer's Miami Fusion and DC United. Crittenden is certified by the U.S. Soccer Federation with his "A" license and goalkeeping license, and also obtained his National Goalkeeping Certification through the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America).
He is joined in College Station by his wife, Cori '02, and their two children, Kellen, and Bridget Fiona.