Feb. 5, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. - With the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing rapidly approaching, the Canadian Women's National Team has called on one of Florida State's own to help in preparation for the Olympic Games. National Team head coach Even Pellerud has hired FSU's Paul Rogers to serve on this year's staff as the goalkeeper coach for Team Canada.
Rogers will take an immediate leave of absence from his coaching duties with the Seminoles to join the Canadian National Team in training for the CONCACAF tournament which will be played in Mexico April 2-13. Rogers will rejoin Florida State as soon as his duties with the Canadian National Team are complete.
"The chance to work with a national team at any level does not come around too often," stated Rogers. "I am very grateful to Mark (Krikorian) and Florida State University for allowing me to take this opportunity to work with the Canadian National Team. This is an exciting time in my life to have the chance to work with the finest soccer players in Canada."
Rogers joined the Florida State staff in the summer of 2007 as his primary responsibilities with the Seminoles included the training of the goalkeepers and team defending along with other recruiting and scouting duties.
In his first season as the goalkeeper coach in Tallahassee, the Seminoles posted 12 shutouts and a 0.93 GAA in Florida State's run to its first appearance in the national championship game. Rogers worked with fellow Canadian Erin McNulty, who started all 27 games in goal for the Seminoles in 2007. McNulty set freshman records for wins (18), shutouts (8) and GAA (0.94), while she became the first Seminole keeper to record five wins in an NCAA Tournament.
McNulty has been invited to train with the U-20 Canadian National Team this spring, while participating as a full team member of the U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-18 Canadian Youth National Teams.
A native of Brighton, England, Rogers spent two seasons as an assistant with the women's soccer program at the University of Louisville before coming to Florida State. With the Cardinals, Rogers oversaw all recruiting matters as well as working with the development of the goalkeepers. Prior to arriving in the Blue Grass state, Rogers spent a year as an assistant at Tulane University where he held the same responsibilities.
Rogers will bring a great deal of goalkeeping experience to the Canadian National Team as he is the founder and director of Performance Goalkeeping; he as coached goalkeepers at the ODP, regional and college level, and has also served as a camp director for nine years at Soccerplus Goalkeeping School. Along with coaching goalkeepers Paul played in goal professionally, and represented Great Britain at the world games in 2003 which where held in Degue, South Korea.
"We are very excited for Paul and wish him the best of luck with the Canadian National Team," said FSU head coach Mark Krikorian. "I feel the collection of experiences that Paul has had at both the collegiate and international level will be a great asset to the Canadian team. We look forward to having Paul back at Florida State following his run with the Canadian National Team."