Trinity Men's Soccer Hires Paul Wright As Assistant Men's Soccer Coach

Trinity Men's Soccer Hires Paul Wright As Assistant Men's Soccer Coach

Hartford, Conn. – Trinity College men’s soccer has announced the hiring of Paul Wright (Rock of Gibraltar) as an assistant coach for the 2017 season.  The Bantams, coached by Mike Pilger (13th Season), finished the 2016 season with a 7-7-2 overall record and finished seventh in the NESCAC with a 3-6-1 record in league play. Trinity lost, 4-1, against No. 3-ranked Amherst in the NESCAC Quarterfinals.  Wright, who was most recently the head men’s soccer coach at the Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, replaces Shaun McGann on the Trinity staff.

Wright was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Central Connecticut State University, from 2006 to 2012, and coached at Plainville High School and Maloney High School in Meriden prior to taking over the Kingswood-Oxford program in 2016.  In 2007, Wright helped Central Connecticut State complete the most successful season in any sport in the university’s history, when the Blue Devils won the Northeast Conference (BEC) title and advanced to the NCAA Division I Sweet 16.  In 2011, Wright helped Central Connecticut State tie for the NEC regular season championship with a 7-3 conference mark.  Blue Devil student-athletes Yan Klukowski and David Tyrie were both named to the MAC Hermann Trophy (top college soccer player in the nation) Watch List under Wright’s tutelage in 2007, and the pair received National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas All-Region honors three times each and All-NEC accolades in each of their four collegiate seasons.

Wright earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from CCSU in 1999, and was a two-time All-Mid-Continent Conference performer and All-New England honoree.  He tied the NCAA single-game record for goals, scoring eight times against Maryland-Eastern Shore in 1995, and added an assist in the game to set a Blue Devil record with 17 points in one contest.  Wright ranks second in the CCSU record book for single-season goals with 23 in 1996 and fourth in scoring with 50 points that season.

Wright played professionally for three years with the Western Massachusetts Pioneers, where he was a member of a national championship squad, and for the Philadelphia Kixx of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) in 2002, helping them reach the league finals.  Wright also owns professional playing experience abroad with Real Balonpedica of the Spanish "Segunda B" league. He holds a USSF “B” license and received his USSF “A” license in 2011, and is currently the FSA 2002 boys head coach.