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Coaching Staff

Head Coach

Paul Davenport

Davenport is in his seventh year as the head coach of the Hill College men’s and women’s soccer programs. Since joining the Hill Col- lege Soccer program, Davenport has started to establish Hill Soccer as a regional and nationally respected program.

Davenport was named Men’s Plains District Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015 and Region 5 Coach of the Year in 2016. He was also nominated for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s 30 under 30 program. Davenport has also achieved 100-plus wins during his time at Hill College, including wins over No. 2 Illinois Central (2014) and No. 4 Pima (2015) at the National Championship Tournament.

Also since joining the soccer program, Davenport has been able to successfully move on men and women to all levels on collegiate soccer including NCAA D1, D2, D3, NAIA D1 to continue their college educations and more than half of them have received soccer scholarships to play at their respected colleges.

Davenport’s collegiate coaching experience began at Texas Christian University where he served as director of operations for the women’s soccer team 2008-10. In 2011, he was named assistant coach at TCU before taking the job at Hill College. He was able to learn under Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year Dan Abdalla and also now current head coach, Mark Plakorus, of the University of Montana.

Originally from Irving, Texas, Davenport attended Texas A&M-Commerce University where he was on the football team for a year before becoming a volunteer assistant with the women’s soccer program. He received his bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration and later received his master’s degree in Education Administration from TCU. Along the way, he also coached at Nolan Catholic High School helping the boy’s team begin their run at multiple state titles under head coach Adam Clementson.

Assistant Coach

Arez Ardalani

Arez Ardalani joins FC Cleburne as a assistant coach for the clubs first ever PDL campaign. Prior to joining FCC the Harlingen, Texas, native was a assistant coach for the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley women's program.   

Ardalani has PDL coaching experience with the Houston Dutch Lions FC during the clubs 2015 campaign, where he served as a staff coach for both the men’s team and club youth academy. With the men’s team Ardalani’s primary focus was on the recruiting of players from multiple university programs, oppositional scouting, and post-match performance reports. Alongside technical director Marco Pruis, Ardalani assisted in the development of the organizations first ever “PDL Invitational Tryout”. The tryout was a selective event in which applications were received from the best collegiate soccer players around the country, some of who eventually moved on to play in the United Soccer League.

In 2013 Ardalani was also the first ever head coach for Texas A&M University-Kingsville Women’s Soccer team (NIRSA). His responsibilities included acquisition of club funding, coaching, recruiting and administrative work for the club. The team competed in the Texas Collegiate Soccer League against programs like the University of Texas, Texas State University, and the University of Texas- San Antonio.

Ardalani also played three seasons for the RGV Bravos/Ocelots in the PDL and Southern Premier Soccer League.

Assistant Coach

 
Michael Grba
 
Former Professional Player and most recently with the Dallas Sidekicks and Detroit Waza Flo of the MASL. Won the 2013 US Open Cup with Detroit & was a 2 time Ron Newman Cup runner Up. Played in the 2015 WMF World Cup for Serbia. Additionally, had the opportunity to play in California, Michigan & North Carolina in both the NPSL & NASL. Coaching experience includes being on Region 3 ODP staff for the 02 and 01 Boys. Current NTX ODP head coach for the 04 Boys. Holds a USSF C license and is a current youth soccer coach and director in Fort Worth, TX.