Bloomsburg Men's Soccer

Head Coach Paul Payne

Paul Payne Paul Payne is in his 12th year at the helm of Bloomsburg. Prior to coaching the Huskies, Payne was the head soccer coach at the University of Scranton.

Payne's 11-year record as head coach at Bloomsburg is now 82-104-21. He is the all-time leader in school history in career victories in men's soccer. During his tenure as head coach, Payne has led the Huskies to four PSAC playoff berths.

In 2009 Payne led the Huskies to a record of 10-6-2 and a berth in the PSAC playoffs. Following the season he earned his first PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year Award.

While coaching at the University of Scranton, Payne guided the Royals to a record of 40-36-4 and four Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) playoff berths. He was named the 1997 MAC Coach of the Year after leading Scranton to the MAC Freedom League championship.

A standout collegiate player at Kutztown University, Payne immediately moved into the coaching ranks upon his graduation. He was head coach at both Conestoga and Wallenpaupack high schools before becoming an assistant coach with the University of Scranton men's and women's teams. In 1995, he was named head coach of the Royals' men's team.

Payne serves as a Senior National Staff Coach for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as well as the Region II Technical Director for the NSCAA. He holds a U.S.S.F. "A" License and a NSCAA Premier Coaching Badge.

Payne will serve as vice-president of Education to the NSCAA before assuming the presidency in 2011.(The NSCAA is the largest single sport coaching association in the world with over 23,000 members). In addition, as a member of the Division II Men's Soccer Committee, Payne serves as Chair of the Northeast Region, and sits as one of eight on the national committee overseeing D-II Men's Soccer and their national championship. Coach Payne has also had numerous coaching articles and tips published in soccer journals and web based newsletters.

In the spring of 2010 Payne made a trip to Down Under presenting a lecture at the Football Federation of Australia's Annual Coaching Conference in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The topic of his lecture was on Small Sided Games in the Unites States. He examined the philosophy of small sided games as a way to develop players technically and tactically. Focus was on the National Soccer Coaches Association of American position paper on Small Sided Games. He was representing the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as Vice-President of Education as well as a Senior National Academy Staff Coach. Other invited speakers/clinicians are from Australia, Holland, England and New Zealand.

In 2009 Payne's big project was the creation of the 'Red Card Cancer' program. The program is designed to raise awareness of and raise money for cancer research. 'Red Card Cancer' will be observed the first Saturday of October by both men's and women's teams in the PSAC.

Payne and his wife, Brenda, have a daughter, Molly, and reside in Bloomsburg.

Updated 3/5/10