UMBC women’s soccer head coach Leslie Wray has announced that Paul Keeling will be joining the Retrievers’ staff for the 2013 season. Keeling, who has six years of coaching and three years of collegiate playing experience, will work most closely with the black and gold goalkeepers.
“I am very happy to have Paul join our staff,” Wray said. “Although he will mainly be responsible for training our goalkeepers, he has a wealth of experience in every aspect of the game and I trust that he will give valuable input in all areas of the program. Paul’s enthusiasm for the game is exactly what we need as we move this program in the right direction.”
Keeling comes to UMBC from Division II Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., where he has spent the last three seasons as a member of the men’s and women’s soccer coaching staff. During his stint, the Railsplitters’ men went a combined 31-16-5 and advanced to the title game of the South Atlantic Conference Tournament in 2012, while the women’s squad posted an overall mark of 27-22-4. In addition to recruiting, Keeling was also responsible for the development and monitoring of the squad’s conditioning and dietary programs, as well as the management of the team’s facilities, equipment and team travel.
Keeling won two BUCS Division I titles and made two tournament appearances in his three years as a starter at University of Lincoln, England (2005-08). In 2006, he was named the University Footballer of the Year and the University Athlete of the Year. Following his collegiate playing career, Keeling played three seasons semi-professionally in the UniBond Northern Premier League, his second stint in the league. While with the Retford United FC, he won two division titles, two President’s Cups, one UniBond League Cup and one Nottinghamshire Senior Cup.
In 2005, Keeling began his coaching career at the Bassetlaw and District Sport Development Department and has since spent six years at both the collegiate and youth levels. He spent one season with the Lincoln ladies FC Academy and followed with a stint as the head coach at Eaton Hall College in Nottinghamshire, England.
After making the move to the United States, Keeling founded and directed the All-American Goalkeeping Academy, which targeted athletes in Tennessee, Maryland and North Carolina. In 2012, Keeling served as an assistant/goalkeeper coach for Soccer Club Oak Ridge.
Keeling graduated from the University of Lincoln, England in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in media production and received his M.A. in marketing and management at Lincoln Memorial University in 2012.
Keeling holds a NSCAA National Coaching Diploma and a Level II Goalkeeping Diploma. He also has a USSF National “D” coaching license.