Through his first five years with the UConn men’s soccer
team, Paul McDonough has emerged as one of the most talented and respected
assistant coaches and recruiting coordinators in the sport. His recruiting
classes have consistently been ranked among the best in the country by
College Soccer News and this year is expected to be no different.
In addition to his duties as recruiting coordinator, the 2005
NSCAA College Assistant Coach of the Year assists in all aspects of the
day-to-day operations of the Husky soccer program, lending his knowledge gained
from 10 years as one of the top assistants in the country.
McDonough’s success as a coach and recruiter is evident at
each point in his 14-year career. From the early years at USC-Spartanburg to his
time at UConn, he has recruited a total of:
>> One M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner
>> Four M.A.C. Hermann Trophy candidates
>> 11 NSCAA All-Americans (17 recognitions)
>> 13 professional players, both in Major League Soccer and abroad
>> 11 conference major award winners (Total of 13 awards)
Prior to arriving in Storrs, he spent two seasons as an
assistant at South Carolina. In his two seasons with the Gamecocks, they earned
two consecutive NCAA tournament bids, and posted a 23-12-3 record in those two
years. Before South Carolina, McDonough spent three seasons as an assistant for
Wake Forest, helping the Demon Deacons earn an NCAA Tournament appearance in
Before his stint as a Demon Deacon assistant, McDonough
worked at the USC-Spartanburg, where he served as an assistant men’s soccer
coach for three seasons. During his coaching tenure at USC-Spartanburg,
McDonough led the Rifles to a 48-16-5 combined record, including an appearance
in the 1995 NCAA Division II Finals and the 1997 Regional Finals. In 1996, the
Rifles reached a ranking as high as No. 2 in the nation.
McDonough also served as the site coordinator for the 1995
NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championship, which USC-Spartanburg played host.
McDonough also has experience in the youth coaching ranks, coaching with the
Spartanburg Youth Soccer Club since 1995.
A native of Marshfield, Mass., McDonough attended Massasoit
Community College from 1991-93. During his tenure, the Warriors advanced to the
NJCAA national semifinals and he earned NSCAA Junior College All-America honors
in 1992. McDonough then attended USC-Spartanburg from 1993-96, helping them to
NCAA Tournament berths in both 1993 and 1994. In 1996, USC-Spartanburg was
ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation.
McDonough is married to the former Tammy George and resides in Manchester,
Conn., with their sons Connor, born in March 2005, and Cameron, born in December