Shayni Paul was named head coach of the Women's Soccer program in November of 2017.
Concordia-Chicago will be Paul's first position as a head coach. She began her collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Capital University in Ohio in 2014. That season, the Crusaders went 16-6-2 overall and earned both an Ohio Athletics Conference championship and a bid to the NCAA III national tournament. In 2015, Capital won the OAC with a perfect 9-0 record, a first-ever feat in team history. The Crusaders advanced to the NCAA tournament again where they advanced to the second round as they had the previous year. Paul remained at Capital as an assistant coach in 2016, when the team finished 9-8-1 overall and second in the OAC.
During her time in Columbus, Paul also coached for the Columbus Crew junior teams. She worked with girls in the 13-17 age range and coached a couple of teams on the Elite Girls side.
Paul became assistant coach at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN for the 2017 season. The Lynx went 8-5-3 on the year, finishing third in the Southern Athletic Association and playing in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.
Paul's previous coaching experiences have all prepared her for this next step of her career. She describes her future teams as follows: "We will be a hard-working and fit team, ready to compete every day, and I believe that we will have a very family-oriented team culture in place." When asked what she considers her chief assets as a coach, she replies, "I will have high expectations and bring a high intensity, just like when I was a student-athlete. But I also see myself as an encourager who can lift up my players and inspire them to do great things on and off the field."
Paul earned her B.S. in sports and recreation management with a minor in coaching from Marian University in 2014. She earned her master's in business administration from Capital University in 2016.