June 8, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida State University head soccer coach Mark Krikorian announced the hiring of Paul Rogers as an assistant coach with the women's soccer program. Rogers' primary responsibilities with the Seminoles will include the training of the goalkeepers and team defending along with other recruiting and scouting duties.
"Paul brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff," said head coach Mark Krikorian. "He is regarded as one of the best young goalkeeper coaches in the country. He will be working with our keepers and our back line and will also help in the preparation of our opponents and our training."
A native of Brighton, England, Rogers comes to Tallahassee after spending the last two seasons as an assistant with the women's soccer program at the University of Louisville. With the Cardinals, Rogers oversaw all recruiting matters as well as working with the development of the goalkeepers. Before arriving in the Blue Grass state, Rogers spent a year as an assistant at Tulane University where he held the same responsibilities.
Rogers brings a great deal of goalkeeping experience to Tallahassee as he is the founder and director of Paul Rogers Goalkeeping. He also served as a camp director for nine years at Soccerplus Goalkeeping School, the largest goalkeeping school in the United States. There, he worked with both U.S. and International goalkeepers and coaches as well as overseeing the operation of the camp and training of the staff members.
His coaching background also includes stints as a youth coach with Brighton and Hove Albion (English Pro team), a Region 2 goalkeeping coach, Indiana ODP coach and Kentucky ODP coach. He has earned a UEFA "B" license, USSF "B" license, UEFA goalkeeper license, an English Football Association Certificate and NSCAA goalkeeper's Licenses.
In addition, Rogers joined the USSF (United States Soccer Federation) goalkeeping instructional staff in 2006 where he teaches the Goalkeeping section of the USSF A, B, and C licenses. He is also a part of the NSCAA goalkeeping staff where he instructs the State, Regional and National courses and helped present part of the NSCAA State License at the 2007 NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis.
"I think the collection of experiences that Paul has had will enhance our program in a lot of different ways," said Krikorian. "His passion for the game is obvious. He talks the game, he looks the part. He has great interest in the world game both on the men's and women's side. Paul will be able to relate to both our international players and our domestic players with absolutely no difficulty. I feel his influence on this team will be felt from the start."
As a player, Rogers had spells at numerous Pro and Semi-Pro clubs in England where he played at the goalkeeper position. Paul represented his country, participating with Great Britain in the World University Games in Daegu, South Korea, and also played professionally in the United States for the A-League Indiana Blast.
Rogers earned a bachelor's degree in Sport Administration in 2004 at the University of Indianapolis and is married to the former Lisa Harrison. Harrison played basketball at the University of Tennessee where she helped the Lady Volunteers to the 1991 national championship. Harrison also played six years in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury.