Feb. 17, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men’s soccer head coach Damon Rensing has announced the addition of Paul Gilbert to the staff as an volunteer assistant coach. Gilbert comes to Michigan State after serving as an assistant coach at Adrian College since March 2012. He will join the staff in assisting the Spartan goalkeepers.
“We’re really excited to have Paul Gilbert on board,” said head coach Damon Rensing. “First and foremost, his experience as a Division I goalkeeper is invaluable. It’s a unique position in the game of soccer. I think having somebody who played the position who can relate to the goalkeepers from the physical, but also the emotional demands of the game is great. He’s been with us for a couple of weeks now. He’s really got a good temperament, he’s already done a great job training the goalkeepers and he’s made a very smooth transition into the Michigan State soccer staff.”
While at Adrian College, Gilbert coached two All-Aconference goal keepers and one All-Region player, inlcuding Niko Giantsopoulos who finished in the top-15 NCAA Division III ranking in save percentage (.867) and total saves (143). He also interned as a staff coach of the goalkeepers at the Darlington School Soccer Academy, coaching Jane Campbell of Stanford who plays for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
“First, I would like to thank Mark Hollis, Shelly Appelbaum, Damon Rensing and his staff for this opportunity,” said Gilbert. “I am incredibly excited to be joining the Michigan State men’s soccer staff. To be part of a staff that values family and academics, as well as athletic development will be a great experience. I look forward to being a part of one of the top men’s soccer programs in the country and impacting the lives of young people each and every day.”
A 2011 graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Gilbert recorded 15 career shutouts playing in 45 matches for the Flames. Gilbert was the Big South Conference Freshman of the Year in 2007 and was a member of the 2007 All-Conference Second Team. He graduated with a Bachlor’s of Science degree in sports management and has his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "D" Coaching License.