Paulus was named an FC Edmonton coach in December, after previous assistant Dave Randall was let go. Paulus had just led the NAIT Ooks to national college-soccer championship, as the team went through the regular season, playoffs and national championships without a loss.
But, the jump to FC Edmonton’s coaching ranks came as a surprise. He got a call while he was designing a fitness program for his National Training Centre charges.
“It came out of the blue,” he said. “I was setting up fitness tests for National Training Centre athletes. Joe (Director of Soccer Operations Joe Petrone) called and asked if we could immediately. We had discussed some things previously, like me working with the reserve team. But then I was offered the assistant coaching position, and I couldn’t say no. It was a great opportunity. And NAIT was brilliant, by allowing me to take a leave of absence.”
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