Paul Sapsford brings a wealth of coaching experience from his time at Stanford University, Saint Mary’s College and as State Director of Coaching for Northern California. He began his coaching career in 1989 following completion of the English FA’s Preliminary Coaching Badge and passed the FA’s Coaching Certificate Course in 1997. He received undergraduate degree in Sport Science from Saint Mary's University College, London, and lectured at this institution in Sport Psychology and Motor Learning. It was here that he collaborated in published research (FIFA Experiment on Semi-Professional Soccer, Journal of Sports Sciences, 1997).
He furthered his academic credentials with completion of the Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Physical Education at Exeter University. He represented this institution's soccer team, and won the Devon and Exeter Premier League Championship in 1997/98. Following this, he worked for professional clubs' youth programs in the UK before embarking on a coaching and teaching career in the US.
Sapsford was an Assistant Coach for the Women’s Soccer program at Saint Mary’s College and later became their Head Coach. In his first two seasons with the Gaels, the team compiled a 27-9-4 record and earned an NCAA playoff berth in 2001, their first appearance in seven years. He was an Assistant Coach at Stanford University for both the Men's and Women's programs, and completed his Masters degree after conducting research in the field of Collective Efficacy with the assistance of Stanford University athletes.
He currently holds a USSF "A" License, the NSCAA's Premier Certificate and scouts for the US Youth Women's National Teams. Since 2012 he has held the position of State Director of Coaching for Northern California (CYSA, Cal-North), and has been recognized for his coaching achievements:
2002 Soccer America "Coach of the Year"
2007 California Pacific Conference "Coach of the Year"
Sapsford became an Adjunct Faculty instructor at Las Positas College in 2008, and also assisted with the men's soccer program. In 2014 he was appointed Head Coach of the Women's program here at LPC.