One of the greatest players ever to take the field in collegiate soccer, Pauliina Miettinen moves from her position as team manager to assistant coach in 2006. Miettinen played for FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian in 1995 at Franklin Pierce College where she went on to have one of the most remarkable careers in collegiate soccer history winning three National Championships, playing in four national semifinals and setting NCAA career records that still stand almost a decade after her playing career.
Miettinen is the Division II leader for career points scored with 309 in her illustrious four-years at Franklin Pierce and only three players in college soccer have ever averaged more points per game in a career than Miettinen's 3.96. No player in the history of collegiate soccer has more than 300 career points except for Miettinen and her 122 goals are the second-most ever by a collegiate player. Her 65 assists are also a D-II career record and she is second in Division II history with 122 goals in her four year career. She is also the only player in NCAA soccer history to score more than 110 goals and record more than 60 assists in a career. Miettinen was a three-time NSCAA All-American from 1996-1998 and also a two-time Academic All-American receiving honors in 1997 and 1998.
The first year assistant coach appears in the NCAA Division II record book 23 times. On top of her career record for goals and assists, she ranks among the NCAA leaders for points per game in a single season in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Her 105 points in 1998 still ranks as the third-highest total in the history of NCAA soccer as she scored 43 goals and recorded 19 assists as a senior. She is one of just three players to ever score 100 points in a single season. Miettinen is also one of just two D-II players to appear in the top 10 for single season points twice in her career.
One of the college games greatest goal scorers, Miettinen is in the top five for goals per game in a single season and also appears in the top 15 on two occasions. She is also among the top single season goal scorers when it comes to goals scored appearing on the list twice. Her 43 goals in 1998 ranks as the fourth-highest single season total in D-II history and her 34 goals in 1997 puts her in the top 15 of all-time as well. She is second all-time in Division II in points per game and third all-time in goals per game. Her average of 0.83 assists per game ranks her fourth all-time in D-II history.
The Franklin Pierce product also ranks in the top 10 for consecutive games with a goal as she scored in 10 straight games in both the 1997 and 1998 season. She is one of only two players in collegiate soccer history to record two streaks of 10 or more consecutive games with a goal. She also ranks among the Division II leaders for points in a game with 12 versus Albany September 8, 1998 as well as recording five assists in a game versus Mass.-Lowell October 12, 1996, which the second-highest assist total in D-II history and the third-most ever in a women's college soccer game.
Miettinen had a successful career on the International level as well making 26 international appearances for Finland. She appeared in seven games from 1992-1995 as a goalkeeper. Then from 2002-04 she was back on the national side making 17 appearances in the back for her home country. In 2002 she reached the semifinals in the first ever UEFA Cup with Team HJK from Helsinki.
In 2005, Miettinen received her mater's in elementary education from Barry University. She completed her under-graduate degree in 1999 when she received her bachelor's in psychology and secondary education from Franklin Pierce.