Paul Moran

Playing experience

Paul grew up in the Bay Area playing club and high school soccer at Bellarmine College Prep. He played collegiately for Santa Clara University, Fresno State and Fresno Pacific. Post college, he played 3 years professionally and was drafted in 2007 to play for the Montreal Impact and then played for Minnesota Thunder of the NASL. 

Coaching experience

Paul has coached youth soccer since 2005. In addition to coaching with Alpine Strikers, Paul is the Woodside Priory boys varsity head coach.

Coaching philosophy 

I strive to create an environment for my teams and players that will challenge them to become better soccer players, teammates and friends, on and off the field. It is important for young players to learn that it is all right to fail, but it is NEVER ok to not give your best efforts. I try to create a tactical structure best suited for each team's strengths and weaknesses, and one that promotes positive play, attacking minded soccer. I believe in the beautiful game! 

Three most important skills to master

1. Technical skills
2. Passion about soccer
3. Reading the game, anticipating of plays, playing smart

Player expectations for evaluations

I look first at what kind of work ethic the players has. Over time, with dedication and good work ethic, other areas will develop. I then look for qualities with and without the ball; first touch, passing range, and speed of play are very important to me.

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