PAUL DAVENPORT NAMED FC CLEBURNE COACH
CLEBURNE, Texas — Paul Davenport has been named the head coach of FC Cleburne. The team will host it's home opener on Saturday, May 27th.
“We are excited to have Paul join FC Cleburne as the head coach,” Neltex Sports Group President Robbie Fenyes said.
“We are confident his experience and knowledge of the game will provide a winning effect on the field, help develop the players to reach the next level, and his very strong local ties help us to ensure we are providing a community based program.”
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 College Soccer program, Davenport has started to establish Hill Soccer as a regional and nationally respected program.
“It is an immense honor and privilege to have the opportunity to coach FC Cleburne in its inaugural season in the PDL,” Davenport said. “I am thankful to Neltex Sports Group for the chance to introduce the city of Cleburne to this exciting league which will have some of the top college players in the region playing during the summer and being active in the local communities.
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.
“Hill College has provided me with immeasurable experiences that will be greatly beneficial for FC Cleburne,” Davenport said. “Creat- ing a winning culture with local talent was one of the fundamental steps that has helped Hill College gain national recognition, my first step for FC Cleburne will be to do the same in this inaugural season.”
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.
FC Cleburne is a part of the Premier Development League’s Southern Conference. They open their inaugural season on May 13 and host opening day on Saturay, May 27th at The Depot.