John Paul
John  Paul

Head Coach


Michigan Announces Coaching Change in Men's Lacrosse

Michigan Announces Coaching Change in Men's Lacrosse


Paul Inducted into Michigan High School Lacrosse Coaches Hall of Fame

Paul Inducted into Michigan High School Lacrosse Coaches Hall of Fame


Wolverines Sign 12 Prep Standouts to National Letters of Intent

Men's Lacrosse Signs 12 Prep Standouts to National Letters of Intent


Michigan Announces Four Free Coaching Clinics

Men's Lacrosse Announces Four Free Coaching Clinics


Paul Chosen for U.S. Lacrosse Michigan Chapter Hall of Fame

Paul Chosen for U.S. Lacrosse Michigan Chapter Hall of Fame


John Paul Interview Pre-St. Joe's

John Paul breaks down the season thus far and details some of the expectations for U-M's remaining games, including Saturday's (March 22) 3 p.m. matchup with St. Joe's.


Getting to Know Coach Paul

U-M head coach John Paul sits down in this Q&A interview (July 31, 2013).

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In season six as head coach of the Michigan men's lacrosse team, head coach John Paul has continued his quest towards building the Wolverines into an NCAA power after spending the previous 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.

Team Five (2016) went 3-2 in its first five games, which included a 9-8 win over Colgate, the highest ranked team the Wolverines have defeated in program history. U-M finished with a 2-4 record at home and a 1-6 record away from Ann Arbor, and ended the season with a record of 3-10. Michigan played the 20th-toughest schedule in the country, including three of the four NCAA Final Four participants and eventual NCAA champion North Carolina. Senior longstick midfielder Chase Brown was named All-Big Ten Honorable mention for his stellar season, while Kyle Jackson became the first player in varsity history to be signed by a Major League Lacrosse franchise (Boston Cannons).

Michigan wrapped up its fourth season of varsity lacrosse with a 10-9 loss to Penn State on April 28. U-M equaled its program record of five wins from a year ago, and set team records in caused turnovers per game (8.92) and goals-against-average (11.32). Michigan compiled a 5-8 record on the season and 1-4 Big Ten Conference mark in the first season of Big Ten lacrosse. The team also set the new program standard for winning percentage in a season. Additionally, U-M went 4-5 in home games, doubling the previous high of two wins, and started the season with a 2-0 record and was 3-1 after four games. The win in the matchup against Penn State would have given U-M a berth in the Big Ten Tournament, as U-M earned a tiebreaker from a win over Rutgers (team's first B1G win) with a 10-8 victory on April 5.

The 2014 season saw several varsity milestones, as the Wolverines won a program-record five games, including the team's first-ever back-to-back wins (Mercer on Feb. 14 by a 20-7 count, and at Detroit on Feb. 19 by a 14-13 count). U-M went on to make its first postseason appearance ever after a critical ECAC Conference win over Bellarmine on March 15 and finished with a 1-3 ECAC Conference mark to secure the No. 4 seed in the tournament. U-M eventually fell to the No. 15 Fairfield Stags in the first round by a 12-5 count.

U-M wrapped up the season with the No. 11 strength of schedule in the country according to The schedule featured seven ranked opponents in No. 9 Penn State, No. 5 Johns Hopkins, No. 16 Cornell, as well as No. 1 Maryland and No. 15 Fairfield (twice) and No. 13 Yale.

On June 17, 2013, Paul was inducted into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame Michigan Chapter for his contributions to the game of lacrosse in the state of Michigan. Prior to the 2016 season, he was inducted into the Michigan Chapter of US Lacrosse high school Hall of Fame.

In 2013, Paul continued the transition to a varsity program with his first full recruiting class. Three players in Kyle Jackson, Mike Hernandez, and Gerald Logan all earned All-ECAC Freshman Team accolades, while 22 players earned All-ECAC Academic and All-Big Ten Academic accolades. Additionally, three players in Logan, Jackson, and Chase Brown were named ECAC Rookie of the Week for their individual performances throughout the season. Following the season, the team won U-M's Rachel Townsend Award, given to the Michigan team that completes the most community service hours.

Prior to U-M's first season as a Division I program in 2011, Paul was named 'Man of the Year' by Lacrosse Magazine for his influence of the game of lacrosse.

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.

Seventy Wolverines earned MCLA All-America recognition under Paul, including 22 on the first team. Michigan has also boasted 38 MCLA Scholar Athletes during his tenure. His teams produced 141 All-CCLA honorees, by far the highest total in the conference. In 2008, Brekan Kohlitz became the first Wolverine selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft when he was selected in the fifth round by the Washington Bayhawks.

Away from the field, Paul's teams excelled in the classroom and community as well, maintaining a team GPA well above 3.0. Team members made regular visits to patients at the U-M Mott Children's Hospital and participated in children's reading programs and a mentoring program at local schools.

Paul has been involved with Michigan lacrosse as a player and coach since 1986-87. A three-year captain for the Wolverines, he transitioned into the coaching profession in 1989 at Pioneer High School (Ann Arbor) while still at U-M. He served as an assistant coach at Michigan while also working in the athletic department's development office for five years. Paul assumed head coaching duties for the U-M club team in 1998.

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.

Paul was drafted in 1989 by the Detroit Turbos of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. He also played post-collegiate club lacrosse for the Motor City Lacrosse Club until 1996.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan in history (1994).

He, his wife Lisa and daughter, Amelia, live in Ann Arbor.

John Paul's Team / Player Achievements

  • 1 Major League Lacrosse Signee
  • 3 Big Ten Honorable Mention Players
  • 2 All-ECAC Conference Players
  • 7 All-ECAC Rookie Team Members
  • 3 MCLA National Championships
  • 5 MCLA Semifinal Appearances
  • 12 MCLA Quarterfinal appearances
  • 11 CCLA Championships
  • 1 Player drafted professionally (MLL)
  • 70 MCLA All-Americans
  • 22 First-Team All-Americans
  • 38 MCLA Scholar Athletes
  • 141 All-CCLA Selections

John Paul's Year-by-Year Michigan Varsity Coaching Record

Season Won Lost Pct. Conf. Finish Won Lost Pct. Conf. Finish NCAA Finish
2012 1 13 .071 affiliate member
2013 1 13 .071 0 7 .000 7th
2014 5 11 .313 4th 1 3 .250 4th
2015 5 8 .384 5th 1 4 .250 5th
2016 3 10 .230 6th 0 5 .000 6th
2017 8 6 .571 6th 0 5 .000 6th

John Paul's Year-by-Year Michigan Club Coaching Record

Season Won Lost Pct. MCLA Finish Conf. Won Lost Pct. Conf. Finish
1998 15 4 .789 - Big Ten 6 1 .857 2nd
1999 17 5 .773 Quarterfinal CCLA 11 0 1.000 1st
2000 20 6 .769 Quarterfinal CCLA 12 0 1.000 1st
2001 19 2 .905 Quarterfinal CCLA 8 0 1.000 1st
2002 18 3 .857 Quarterfinal CCLA 9 0 1.000 1st
2003 16 5 .762 Quarterfinal CCLA 9 0 1.000 1st
2004 14 4 .778 Quarterfinal CCLA 7 1 .875 3rd
2005 18 3 .857 Semifinal CCLA 8 0 1.000 1st
2006 15 5 .750 Quarterfinal CCLA 7 1 .875 3rd
2007 13 5 .722 First Round CCLA 7 0 1.000 1st
2008 20 0 1.000 Champions CCLA 7 0 1.000 1st
2009 20 0 1.000 Champions CCLA 6 0 1.000 1st
2010 18 1 .947 Champions CCLA 6 0 1.000 1st
2011 18 1 .947 Semifinal CCLA 5 0 1.000 1st
Career 241 44 .846 108 3 .970