Assistant coach Mark Waite returns for his 12th season with the Monarchs men's soccer team, serving under Alan Dawson. Waite has helped establish a consistently successful program at ODU. Waite, a native of Grimsby, England, has become one of the top assistant coaches in the CAA.
While under the tutelage of Coach Waite, the Monarchs have never finished under .5000, including the 2007 CAA Championship, three CAA regular season titles, six straight NCAA Tournament appearances, three straight NCAA Tournament second round appearances, and two straight round of 16 appearances.
Prior to ODU, Waite played for the Hampton Roads Mariners of the USISL from 1994-96. In 1996, he joined the Hershey Wildcats of the A-League and went on to be named the 1998 A-League All-Star Game MVP.
Waite also served as assistant men's soccer coach at Virginia Wesleyan College from 1994-96 and then at Bloomsburg University from 1996-98.
In 1992, Waite was named a first team All-American and first team Academic All-American at Lock Haven University. He currently stands as the all-time leading scorer in Lock Haven history with 57 goals and holds the single season record of 25 goals. He was also a two-time PSAC Most Valuable Player. He is head coach of the ODP Southest District 1993 Boys,and holds a USSF `B' coaching license.
Waite graduated from Lock Haven in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in health sciences and holds a master of arts degree in communications from Bloomsburg University.
He currently lives in Virginia Beach with wife Caroline,and have one son Charlie born in June of 2008.