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Paul Caddy finished his 18th season on the UConn staff and his eighth as the associate head coach in 2017. His primary focuses are defense and player and team development, including technical and tactical advancements.
"Paul has been a tremendous addition to our coaching staff," UConn head coach Nancy Stevens said. "He spends countless hours with our players to help them develop their individual technique. Paul's tactical creativity adds a great deal to our team-style of play. His coaching expertise has resulted in our defensive unit ranking among the nation's best on a consistent basis."
Recently, Caddy coached two-time First Team All-American Roisin Upton, who earned Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, he helped Anna Middendorf become Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Caddy continues to produce All-American players as Casey Umstead was tabbed both a First Team All-American and the 2017 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year.
From 2006-11, a Husky was honored as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. Jestine Angelini earned the award in 2011, Melissa Gonzalez took home the honor in 2009 and 2010 and Jennifer Kleinhans got the nod in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Roisin Upton was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.
Caddy is also a United States Field Hockey Association high performance coach and has assisted the United States U-16 National Team and was a member of the New England High Performance coaching staff that captured the 2008 National Championship. He is considered one of the top rated associate/assistant coaches in the nation and recently earned his U.S. Level III coaching certification, which is the top certification level nationally.
Additionally, Caddy served as a US Field Hockey assistant coach during Team USA's tour of New Zealand in the spring of 2013. He is also a member of the New England regional training squad coaching staff. In 2004, Caddy acted as a selector for the United States Women's Indoor Hockey National Team.
Caddy has competed in the North American Premier Indoor Hockey League where he helped guide his squad to back-to-back championships in 2003 and 2004. In 2008, Caddy served as a member of the Junior National Camp coaching staff. Always doing what he can to spread the sport, Caddy conducts U.S. Level 1 coaching courses across New England.
Prior to Connecticut, Caddy was an assistant field hockey coach at Ohio State and was an assistant field hockey coach and team manager for the United States Under-18 Women's Team. Prior to his experience at Ohio State, Caddy was an assistant coach at Quinnipiac University for the 1999 season when Quinnipiac captured the Northeast Conference Championship.
Caddy is a 1999 graduate of the University of Wales, Swansea, where he earned a bachelor's degree in american studies.
In 2004, Caddy earned his masters degree from Quinnipiac University. Caddy was a four-year field hockey sportsman, during which time Swansea was crowned champions of Wales in 1995-1996 and 1996-1997.
In Caddy's senior season, Swansea earned silver medallist honors at the European Club Championships in Hungary, Caddy received All-Wales First Team honors, as he had previously earned during his junior campaign. Caddy served as the head coach of the women's field hockey team at the University of Wales, Swansea, and the assistant coach of the Swansea City Juniors in 1998-1999 as well.
During his time at the University of Wales, Caddy also spent a year in the United States as a volunteer assistant for the University of Massachusetts in 1999, when the Minutewomen advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Caddy resides in Hebron, Conn., with his wife Kate, daughter Izzy, born Feb. 15, 2010 and son, Miles, born June 23, 2014.
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