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Now entering his second season as Head Coach of the Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Team, John Paul spent the last 14 seasons as head coach of the University of Michigan men’s lacrosse club team, compiling a career record of 241-44. Under his direction, the team earned 13 straight Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) national tournament invitations (1999-2011), reaching at least the quarterfinals every year except one. His teams captured an unprecedented three straight national club team titles from 2008-10, and 11 of the last 13 Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) championships, including each of the last five.

Paul guided his squad of primarily club players to a 1-13 record in the first season of varsity lacrosse at Michigan, and landed 14 players on the Spring Academic All-Big Ten Team. Paul stressed the building of an elite culture for Team One while moving a dominant club program to varsity lacrosse on an accelerated timeline, and has assembled one of the top recruiting classes in the country for the 2012-13 season.

The Wolverines were ranked No. 1 in the MCLA poll for the better part of the 2008, ‘09, ‘10 and ‘11 seasons, and concluded 2011 with an 18-1 record, the CCLA title, and a No. 3 national ranking after falling, 7-6, in the national semifinals to Arizona State.

In the final four years competing at the club level (2008-11), Paul’s teams posted a 76-2 overall record, 24-0 CCLA record and won three straight national titles and four conference titles. In 2008, the Wolverines did something no other MCLA team had, completing a perfect season with a 20-0 record, culminating with the program’s first national club team championship.

In 2009, the Wolverines duplicated the feat by again going 20-0 and repeating as national champion. U-M tallied a streak of 50 consecutive wins from the end of the 2007 season midway through 2010, and closed the year with an 18-1 mark, a fourth straight CCLA title and a three-peat as national champion. In that three-year span, Paul’s teams posted a 58-1 mark.

Paul brings international coaching experience as well, serving on the coaching staff of the 2002 USA West team that won the International Open division of the World Lacrosse Championships in Perth, Australia. He also served on the USA West staff when the team claimed the 2005 Asia Pacific Games championship in Osaka, Japan.

Paul served as president of the MCLA from 2002-09 and is a former member of the US Lacrosse Board of Directors (2002-05). He also served on the Executive Board of the US Lacrosse Coaches Council and on the Board of the Michigan Chapter of US Lacrosse.

At Michigan, they have awesome facilities, and run some great camps, both team camps and individual, and as you might expect they sell out quickly… for 2013, July 19-21 is the team camp, and July 29th-Aug 4th are the individual camps, (including 30 min one-on-one with a top coach,) for more visit, www.mgoblue.com, click lacrosse then the ‘camp’ tab in the upper right hand portion…

For all Free Members, the ‘Preview’ sample below, you can listen to Coach John Paul describe a great lacrosse drill, with some ‘Michigan’ twists… it is 4V3 w ground balls and clears… awesome! Then read our article on the drill for details, click here to read the article

For the Premium Members, the full podcast is filled with great ways to build culture, and you really get a feel for how much thought goes into the planning to prepare the players…

Audio Preview, ‘7 Line – 4V3 to Really Kick Off Practice the Right Way! from Coach John Paul, Michigan, … This is for all Free Members simply log in… and then check out the corresponding article in our article section,

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The full podcast with a ton of ideas and drills is available for our Premium Members…

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