Ross Paule was named the fifth head coach in Creighton women’s soccer history in December of 2014. One of the greatest players in the illustrious history of Bluejay men’s soccer, Paule returned to Creighton after spending nine years working with various levels of youth soccer in his home state of Tennessee. Since 2006 Paule served as a staff coach at the US National level through the adidas ESP program.
Paule played three years at Creighton (1994-96) before being drafted into Major League Soccer (MLS). He went on to become the eighth player in program history to earn a spot in the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame, earning
induction in the spring of 2012.
Ross was named the MVC Player of the Year (1996) and was also a finalist for the Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year award in 1996 (the two were combined in 2002). In addition, Paule was part of the group to bring the Bluejay men’s program to its first College Cup team in 1996. In 2006, he was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Team.
Paule remains the only men’s soccer player in school history to have earned First Team All-MVC honors in his first three seasons and one of only 10 players overall to have earned the honor three times.
He’s also the only man in Creighton’s storied history to earn MVC Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, MVC Player of the Year and MVC Tournament MVP honors during his career.
“My memories of being at Creighton were critical to my acceptance of the position. I know what Creighton offers and provides,” said Paule. “There is a clear commitment to providing the student-athlete with a caring and instructive environment. The education I received as a Bluejay, both on and off the pitch, provided me a great foundation and helped me in my life after I left Creighton. Now I am fortunate to be given a great opportunity to pass that same knowledge on.”
Following his junior season, Paule was drafted 11th overall, the first selection of the second round, by the Colorado Rapids in the 1997 MLS draft. He played for the Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew and NY/NJ MetroStars during a nine-year MLS career. He was twice named to MLS
All-Star teams, was the Colorado’s MVP in 1998 and Columbus’ MVP in 2003.
Upon retiring in 2005, Paule became an assistant coach for the Columbus Crew. He later joined the Memphis Futbol Club as a Youth Director, and after four years he moved to the Technical Director role for the Tennessee Rush. In 2011, Paule became Executive Director of the Arlington Soccer Academy, where he developed regional talent in the Mid-South.
Ross served as the National Soccer Executive Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 2011-14. In that role he traveled as far as Dubai to create partnerships with 93 countries while helping to produce soccer-themed bibles, The Goal, in multiple languages.
“Ross is an extremely high-character person who’s very intelligent in the game of soccer,” said Creighton McCormick Endowed Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen.
“My goal is for our student-athletes to have the all-around experience that I enjoyed as a Bluejay,” said Paule. “We will do what it takes to help each individual leave the university a better soccer player and a better person than when they first arrived.”
Ross and his wife, Laurie, have three children; Jorden, Emma and Rossi.