Paul Webster is entering his 15th season as the head coach of the Bluejay women's soccer team.
In 2017, Webster guided Elmhurst to a 10-6-1 overall record and the team's fifth appearance in the CCIW Tournament. Sidney O'Keeffe and Annalisa Lappo were both named to the all-conference squad.
In 2016, the Bluejays finished with a 10-7 overall record and recorded the team's best start, winning its first seven contests of the season. Allie Kightly earned all-conference and all-region honors while Sidney O'Keeffe was also named to the all-conference squad.
In 2014, Webster's squad finished with an 11-7 overall record and earned its first trip to the CCIW Tournament since the 2011 season. Megan Hart, Kelley Fredericksen and Emily Heimerdinger all earned all-conference recogntion.
Webster was named the CCIW Coach of the Year in 2011 after guiding the Bluejays to a 4-2-1 conference record and a spot in the conference tournament. The Bluejays finished the year with a 13-4-1 overall record, the team's best-ever finish under Webster's direction.
In 14 seasons at Elmhurst, Webster has guided the Bluejays to a 116-104-11 overall record. He's coached 27 all-conference players and two all-region honorees in his time at Elmhurst.
Prior to becoming the fourth women's soccer coach in Elmhurst history, Webster spent nine seasons at Elon University. In 23 seasons as a collegiate coach, Webster has an overall record of 190-184-20.
At Elon, a Division I institution, Webster's teams captured four conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1999. He compiled an overall record of 74-80-9 along the way.
He guided Elon to back-to-back South Atlantic Conference championships in his first two seasons, earning SAC "Coach of the Year" honors in 1995, and NSCAA Division II South Regional "Coach of the Year" accolades in 1996. After Elon moved up to the NCAA Division I level in 1999,Webster guided the Phoenix to an NCAA Tournament appearance when they captured the Big South Conference Tournament Championship.
Webster's 2000 team captured the Big South regular season championship while returning to the tournament championship game. He guided the Phoenix to their third-straight Big South tournament championship game in 2001, earning Big South "Coach of the Year" honors while capturing the regular season title along the way.
Prior to joining Elon, Webster spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Queens College in Charlotte, N.C. He began his coaching career at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Fla. He coached the girls' squad for five seasons, compiling a record of 83-25-3. He guided the team to the state tournament’s final four in 1989 and was selected as The Gainesville Sun’s Girls High School Coach of the Year four times (1990–1993).
Webster also served two years as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Speed of the USISL Women’s Premier League. In addition, he served as an age group coach in the North Carolina Olympic Development Program (ODP) for five years and has continued his work with the ODP since coming to Elmhurst. He currently serves as an age group coach and is on the region II ODP staff.
Webster earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sports sciences from the University of Florida in 1989 and a Master of Arts degree in teaching from Queens College in 1996. He also holds an NSCAA premier diploma and was recently named the NSCAA Technical Director for the State of Illinois.
A native of Miami, Fla., Webster and his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Max, reside in Forest Park.