Prideaux Begins Tenure With Huskies

Jan. 4, 2010

SEATTLE - Former Husky and Chicago Fire defender Brandon Prideaux begins his work as an assistant coach with the Washington men's soccer team this week after retiring from Major League Soccer following the 2009 season.

Prideaux, who officially began his duties at Washington on January 1 teams up with his former coach Dean Wurzberger to try and lead the Huskies back into the postseason.

Prideaux recently retired after 12 seasons as a professional, including 11 in MLS and two with the Fire. He played in 252 games during his MLS career and logged more than 20,000 minutes.

'This is a very exciting hire for our soccer program and I could not be happier about the return of a special former Husky student athlete to our program' said Wurzberger. 'With more than 10 years of playing experience in the MLS and two MLS championships, Brandon brings an incredible track record of success as a top player. I have also seen Brandon in the role of a coach and he has all the qualities a head coach looks for in a top assistant.

'This is a special hire for me, personally, since Brandon was a two-year captain of the great Husky teams we had in 1996 and 1997. Having such an accomplished Husky Soccer alum join our coaching staff will further boost our plans to take our soccer program to new heights in the years to come.'

A native of nearby Renton, Wash., Prideaux was a four-year letterwinner under Wurzberger from 1994-97. He served as a team captain his last two seasons and was a third-team Academic All-America selection. He was also a first-team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation member and was the anchor for the UW defense that led the nation in lowest goals against average.

'I am very excited to be joining my alma mater as an assistant coach. It is a thrill for me to be re-uniting with UW Soccer and with Dean,' said Prideaux, who helped lead Chicago into the MLS Playoffs in his final season. 'It will be my honor to continue to build upon the success that UW Men's Soccer has had both on and off the field. I truly believe that there is nothing that we can't accomplish at UW and I look forward to getting started.'

Prideaux played one season for the United Soccer League Seattle Sounders in 1998 before joining the Kansas City Wizards of MLS from 1999-2001. He helped lead the Wizards to the MLS Cup title in 2000 before moving to D.C. United in a trade prior to the 2002 season. Prideaux earned his second MLS Cup title with United in 2004. He played the 2007 season for the Colorado Rapids before moving to Chicago in 2008.

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