Furey to take over Shorter soccer

Walker County Messenger - - Sports -

Shorter Uni­ver­sity is pleased to an­nounce vet­eran soccer coach Paul Furey will be­come head coach of the uni­ver­sity’s men’s soccer pro­gram.

“We are happy to have Paul be­come part of Shorter Uni­ver­sity Ath­let­ics,” said Shorter Uni­ver­sity in­terim Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Aaron Kel­ton. “His ties to the re­gion and his knowl­edge of the Gulf South Con­fer­ence will help con­tinue to en­hance our men’s soccer pro­gram. His abil­ity to re­cruit and re­tain great stu­dent ath­letes who meet the mission of Shorter Uni­ver­sity was im­por­tant to us dur­ing the search process. He is a great guy, and we look for­ward to work­ing with him.”

“Paul Furey is a highly dec­o­rated, vet­eran coach who has spent his ca­reer build­ing successful soccer pro­grams in a Chris­tian uni­ver­sity set­ting,” said Shorter Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Dr. Don Dow­less.

Furey served as head men’s soccer coach at Mount Ver­non Nazarene Uni­ver­sity (Ohio) for 20 years and at Lee Uni­ver­sity for five years. He has a 318-261-50 ca­reer record and earned his 300th ca­reer col­le­giate vic­tory in 2013. He has led teams to six na­tional tour­na­ment ap­pear­ances in the NCCAA and coached 18 All-Amer­i­cans and five Player of the Year re­cip­i­ents.

“I’m hon­ored to be at Shorter and do­ing what I love to do in trans­form­ing lives of young men in Chris­tian higher education,” Furey said. “I’d like to thank Dr. Dow­less, Corey Humphries, Coach Kel­ton and David Roland for en­trust­ing me with this op­por­tu­nity to serve as the men’s head soccer coach at Shorter. I look for­ward to fur­ther com­pet­ing in the NCAA Divi­sion II and in the Gulf South Con­fer­ence.”

The re­cip­i­ent of nu­mer­ous coach­ing hon­ors, Furey was named Na­tional Coach of the Year for NSCAA/ NCCAA in 2008 and 2014, Re­gional Coach of the Year for the NAIA Great Lakes Re­gion in 2008, Coach of the Year for the Ohio Col­le­giate Soccer As­so­ci­a­tion (2000), Coach of the Year for Mid-Ohio Con­fer­ence (1997), and a four-time Coach of the Year for the NCCAA East Re­gional.

He has coached a top 25-ranked team in NCAA Divi­sion II (2015), an NCCAA na­tional cham­pi­onship team (2014), and an NCCAA na­tional run­ner up team (2013). His teams have won the Team Aca­demic Team Award from the NSCAA (2013, 2015), the Gulf South Con­fer­ence Fair Play Award (2016), the Lay­ton Shoe­maker Sports­man­ship Award (2014), the NAIA Nels Dahlquist Team Sports­man­ship Award (2008), and the Con­fer­ence Fair Play Award (2002, 2005, 2006).

Furey grad­u­ated from Trin­ity In­ter­na­tional Uni­ver­sity with a Bach­e­lor of Science in Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and earned the Master of Sports Science de­gree in Sport Man­age­ment from the United States Sports Academy. He holds the na­tional coach­ing diploma, the ad­vanced na­tional coach­ing diploma, and the in­ter­na­tional coach­ing diploma from the Na­tional Soccer Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica (NSCAA).

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