Concordia University Chicago

Concordia University Chicago Athletics
7400 Augusta Street River Forest, IL 60305
Division 3 Illinois Midwest
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Shayni Paul

Shayni Paul was named head coach of the Women's Soccer program in November of 2017.

The Cougars had a seventh place finish in 2019, during Paul's second season as head coach, with an overall record of 6-11-2. With all six of CUC's wins coming in shutout fashion, Paul coached junior Brianna Welch to an All-NACC honorable mention season, with three goals and one assist. Welch's honor marked the third All-Conference student-athlete that Paul has coached during her tenure at CUC.

The 2018 season marked Paul's first season at the helm, as she made an immediate impact on the program with a 6-13 overall record, including a NACC Tournament appearance. Two of the season's most notable wins consisted of a 2-0 shut out victory over regionally ranked Illinois Tech and a 3-1 win over Aurora University. With the 2-0 victory over IIT, it was the first time all season that the Scarlet Hawks had been shut out, and earned senior goalkeeper Madeline Kroll the NACC's Defensive Athlete of the Week honor. When the Cougars defeated Aurora on Oct. 24, 2018, it was the first time in program history that CUC beat the Spartans and clinched the team's first playoff berth since 2016. At the conclusion of the 2018 campaign, two seniors, Krista Pojero and Madeline Kroll, were voted to the All-NACC Honorable Mention team under Paul's leadership.

She began her collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Capital University in Ohio in 2014. That season, the Crusaders went 16-6-2 overall and earned both an Ohio Athletics Conference championship and a bid to the NCAA III national tournament. In 2015, Capital won the OAC with a perfect 9-0 record, a first-ever feat in team history. The Crusaders advanced to the NCAA tournament again where they advanced to the second round as they had the previous year. Paul remained at Capital as an assistant coach in 2016, when the team finished 9-8-1 overall and second in the OAC.

During her time in Columbus, Paul also coached for the Columbus Crew junior teams. She worked with girls in the 13-17 age range and coached a couple of teams on the Elite Girls side.

Paul became assistant coach at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN for the 2017 season. The Lynx went 8-5-3 on the year, finishing third in the Southern Athletic Association and playing in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

Paul's previous coaching experiences have all prepared her for this next step of her career. She describes her future teams as follows: "We will be a hard-working and fit team, ready to compete every day, and I believe that we will have a very family-oriented team culture in place." When asked what she considers her chief assets as a coach, she replies, "I will have high expectations and bring a high intensity, just like when I was a student-athlete. But I also see myself as an encourager who can lift up my players and inspire them to do great things on and off the field."

Paul earned her B.S. in sports and recreation management with a minor in coaching from Marian University in 2014. She earned her master's in business administration from Capital University in 2016.

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