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Paul Souders
Position: Associate Head Coach
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Alma Mater: Clemson '04
Experience: 6 Years

Paul Souders is in his seventh season with the University of New Mexico, and his fifth as Associate Head Coach. Souders' responsibilities include recruiting, academics, fall and spring scheduling, coaching the Lobo attack and other duties.

Souders is a two-time NSCAA Far West Region Assistant Coach of the Year (2011 and 2012) and has helped guide the Lobos to the 2013 NCAA College Cup in Philadelphia. New Mexico became one of only three programs in the nation to advance to the last three-straight Sweet 16's en route to their Final Four appearance. He also oversees the program's academic work. The Lobos tied a record for team grade point average with a 3.43 in the Fall semester of the 2013-14 academic year. The Lobos have fielded two-time Academic All-American Levi Rossi and two-time NSCAA Scholar Athlete Kyle Venter during the past three seasons. New Mexico student-athletes have also received academic all-region honors on eight different occasions and academic all-conference honors on 27 different occasions since Souders was elevated to Associate Head Coach.

Since arriving at New Mexico, Souders has continued to aid the Lobo success story on the pitch. With Souders in tow, UNM has qualified for five NCAA Tournaments and claimed four regular season conference championships. He was also part of the program's first-ever undefeated season (18-0-4) in 2011.

Prior to coming to New Mexico, Souders spent three seasons at Dayton, helping the Flyers to a 27-18-11 overall record. In addition to the success on the field, Souders has coached four former Flyers who have played professionally in North America and Europe. Dayton finished the 2007 campaign 10-4-5 overall and advanced to the opening round of the 2007 Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Championship. The Flyers completed the season on a six-game unbeaten streak, had two players selected to the All-Atlantic 10 and NSCAA/adidas® Middle Atlantic Region teams and finished No. 8 in the regional rankings.

A native of Dallas and a graduate of Coppell High School, Souders earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education at Clemson University. Souders also played in the United States Olympic Pool for Under-23. He has coaching experience with the New Mexico State U-16 team. Souders was also a graduate assistant in 2004 at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

Souders and his wife, formerly Lindsey Gramley, live in Albuquerque and have one daughter Kya.