Paul Snape is entering his eighth year on the sidelines with the U-M program and his second as associate head coach. Snape served as an assistant coach with the Michigan soccer program for six seasons following a productive playing career.
In his first season in charge of the Michigan front, Snape helped guide Knox Cameron to Big Ten Player of the Year honors as he and Mychal Turpin each tallied a school-record 33 points. Snape has also assisted in getting three Wolverines drafted in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft over the past four years. In 2005, Snape tutored an inexperienced Michigan front line to 23 total goals, including season highs of four and three goals against Wisconsin and Long Island, respectively.
Snape came to U-M following a seven-year career with the Mid-Michigan Bucks of the semi-pro Premier Development League. Snape led the Bucks to the third round of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. During his semi-pro career, Snape helped the Mid-Michigan Bucks to five divisional titles (1997-2000, '03) and a regional crown in 1997. Snape was selected to the PDL National Championship All-Tournament team in 2000 for the second time since 1997, following the Bucks' runner-up showing. He became head coach of his former club for the 2005 campaign and led the squad to the PDL Elite Eight.
A 2000 graduate of Oakland University, Snape was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain (1999-2000) as a collegian. With Oakland switching to Division I, Snape was a three-time Mid-Continent Conference first-team and all-region performer from 1998-2000. Following his senior campaign he was selected to play in the 2001 Senior Bowl.
Snape, who owns a USSF "A" coaching license, lived in Liverpool, England, and trained at the Liverpool Academy as a youth.
Snape spent two years honing his coaching skills with the Vardar U17 Soccer Club as well as the Michigan Olympic Development Program, for which he was an assistant from 2001-03. He also served as an assistant coach at Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., in 2000.
Snape and his wife Michele reside in Royal Oak with their infant daughter, Scarlett Sydney.
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