Paul Bayly comes to Greater Seattle Surf as the Director of Coach and Player Development after three years as Director of Coaching with Northwest Nationals. In his new role at Surf, Paul will oversee curriculum development and implementation and coaching education. Paul will also serve as the Director of the Surf US Soccer U12 Development Academy.
A native of Drogheda, Ireland, Paul started his coaching career while playing for local professional league of Ireland club Drogheda United. Paul enjoyed tremendous success as a player and coach with local youth programs before injury cut his playing career short. Paul moved to San Francisco in 2001 to play and train the Ulster Gaelic football Club.
While in San Francisco, Paul continued his soccer coach education and earned his USSF ‘A’ license and NSCAA Premier Diploma.
Paul worked as Asst men’s coach for San Francisco State University men’s team, Director of Coaching for Peninsula Youth soccer Club, coach for California North ODP (region IV finalist 2012) and staff coach instructor for NSCAA and California North coach education programs.
Paul was also varsity high school boy’s coach of Sacred Heart Prep that won the CCS league Championships in 2012, their first title in school history.
Paul won many tournaments as coach for Peninsula youth soccer club which include Las Vegas Mayor Cup, San Diego Nomads Cup, Juventus Coppa D’ora, San Francisco Cup, Soccer by the Bay, 6 league titles.
Paul was coach of the North American national U18 boys Gaelic football team that won the Gaelic international youth competition in 2008.
In spring of 2012 Paul moved to the northwest and started working with Northwest Nationals, Washington State EPD, Region IV girls ODP, and camp director for the Seattle Sounders. While at Nationals, he coached the ’98 Girls Blue team to the challenge cup championship, NWN ’01 girls blue to Crossfire Select Cup victory as well as the ’95 girls to a State Championship. Paul is also a US Soccer Coaching Education Instructor for Washington Youth Soccer and he is a staff instructor for the NSCAA. In 2016, Paul was appointed the Director of Coaching Education for Washington Youth Soccer.
As a player, Paul was very successful in both soccer and Irish native sport of Gaelic football. The first summer in San Francisco, Paul trained both the Ulster Club and women’s Fog City Harps Gaelic teams that both went on to win the national championship where Paul was named MVP in the final.
Paul went to play for the US National Gaelic team that won the Gaelic World Cup in 2002 and won another national title with the Ulster Club in 2005.
While in Ireland, Paul worked in the fitness industry. Some of the people he worked with were Irish Olympic gold medalist boxer Michael Currath, Premiership and Irish internationals soccer players Gary Kelly and Ian Harte, Irish Olympic swimmer Colin Lowth and many local sports stars.
In is free time Paul likes to watch soccer, especially Manchester United and spend time with his family and friends.