Paul Patton was named the sixth head coach in Crusaders women's soccer history on July 10, 2017.
Patton comes to Madonna with 20 years of collegiate coaching experience including 19 years and 24 seasons as a head coach. In 2016, Patton served as an assistant coach with the Midway University men's soccer program. The team posted a record of 10-8-1 in its inaugural season.
Prior to Midway, Patton served ten seasons as the women's soccer head coach at St. Catharine College. From 2006-2009, Patton served as the head coach for both the men's and women's programs. He oversaw both teams transition from a two-year, junior college program to a four-year National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) program as a member of the Mid-South Conference. In 2010, Patton dropped the men's head coach title.
During his tenure at SCC, the men's soccer team was National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region VII runner-up in 2006 and 2007 and won the Southern State Shootout in 2008. The women's team won the NJCAA Region VII Crown in 2007 and went on to be a District F Semi-Finalist. They were also NJCAA Region VII runner-up in 2006. The Patriots' women posted program records for wins in 2013 when they finished 14-6-0 overall with a best-ever fourth place finish in the Mid-South Conference and first ever appearance in the Conference Semifinal.
The women also excelled in the classroom as they earned recognition as an NAIA Scholar Team five times (2008, 12-15).
In 1995, Patton started the men's and women's soccer programs at Spalding University. After coaching both teams in 1995, he continued to coach the women's team through June of 2004. During his tenure he led the Golden Eagles to six consecutive top three finishes in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and to one NAIA Region VIII tournament appearance.
Patton holds the career record for most wins by a soccer coach at St. Catharine College (94) and Spalding University (63).
Patton holds a United States Soccer Federation 'C' license and has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America State (NSCAA) and Regional Goalkeeping Diplomas as well as an NSCAA National Diploma.