NAIT men’s soccer coach Jeff Paulus resigns
Jeff Paulus, head coach of the Ooks men’s soccer team, is stepping down after eight seasons with the team.
During the 2012 season, the team under the direction of Paulus posted a 9-1 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) regular season record. After earning a silver medal at the ACAC championships, the team went on to finish sixth at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national championships last week at Douglas College in Coquitlam, B.C.
"With this being my last season with NAIT, I certainly hoped for a different outcome at this year’s CCAA national championships but it just wasn't meant to be,” said Paulus. “I am very proud of my time at NAIT and despite our sixth place finish at nationals, I do believe that I am leaving a program that is now one of the strongest in the nation. I am really going to miss this program and the players that I have been so fortunate to work with. I still hope to be able to do what I can behind the scenes to ensure this remains one of the top college programs in the CCAA."
Paulus brought an impressive resume to his role with the NAIT Ooks men's soccer program including possessing a National B coaching licence. After his years in youth soccer, he played and coached while serving in the military in Canada's Maritimes before moving to Alberta. Besides his role at NAIT, Paulus was also involved as a staff coach with the National Training Center and the Alberta Soccer Association. Recently, Paulus had taken a leave of absence from his teaching position to accept a full-time job as an Assistant Coach with FC Edmonton. In this role, Paulus directed the player development academy and reserve team programs.
Linda Henderson, NAIT director of athletics and recreation, thanked Paulus for his hard work over the past eight years.“
Jeff has truly done an outstanding job with bringing the NAIT men’s soccer program to the level it is today,” said Henderson. “He has recruited in some of Canada’s best soccer players, and has represented Alberta by being at three consecutive CCAA National Soccer Championships. He and his team won the national title in 2011 and won the silver medal in 2010. Jeff’s ability to teach his players the game and to develop them further in the sport has been one of his strengths. We will miss Jeff and wish him all the best in his future plans.”
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