Head Coach Paul Davenport
Davenport begins his seventh season as the head coach of the Hill College men's and women's soccer programs.
Since joining the Hill College Soccer program, Davenport has started to establish Hill Soccer as a regional and nationally respected program. In the past six years Hill Soccer has achieved numerous program firsts and school records such as the following:
Men’s first winning season (2013), Men’s first Region V title (2014), Region V title (2015) Region V Title (2016), Men’s first Plains District title (2014), Plains District Title (2015), Men’s first National Championships appearance, finished 5th (2014), Repeat National Championship appearance, finished 5th (2015) Third Straight National Championship appearance, finished 11th (2016). Men’s first National ranking 12th (2014). National ranking 12th (2015). Men’s first National Player of the Week (2014). Men’s first 1st Team All-American (2015) Best record in school history 16-3-1 (2015). Most goals scored, 70 (2015). Longest win streak in school history, 14 (2015) and most consecutive winning seasons in school history 4 (2013-2016). Men’s Region Player of the Year (2014-2016). Hill College Men are 1 of only 3 schools in the nation to have qualified for the last 3 consecutive NJCAA National Championship Tournaments. (2014-2016).
Women’s most goals scored in school history, 95 (2012), Fewest goals against in school history, 11 (2015). Women Region V title (2014). Region V title (2015), Region V title (2016). Women’s first National Player of the Week (2014). Girls best record in school history, 14-2-1 (2015). Most consecutive winning seasons in school history, 5 (2012-16). Women nationally ranked in top 20, 11th (2015). Women’s Region Player of the year (2016). The Women have also achieved an undefeated record in Region V for 2 straight seasons 2015-2016.
Davenport has been named the Plains District Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015 and Region V Coach of the Year in 2016. He was the only coach in the nation to manage both men and women’s soccer programs to Regional Championships in 2014. Coach Davenport has also achieved 100+ wins during his time at Hill College including wins over #2 Illinois Central (2014) and #4 Pima (2015) at the National Championship Tournament. Also since joining the soccer program, Davenport has been able to successfully move on men and women to all levels on collegiate soccer including NCAA D1, D2, D3, NAIA D1 in the last 4 years to continue their college educations and more than half of them have received soccer scholarships to play at their respected colleges.
Davenport’s collegiate coaching experience began at TCU where he served as Director of Operations for the women’s soccer team between 2008-10. In 2011, he was named assistant coach at TCU before taking the job at Hill College. He was able to learn under Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year Dan Abdalla and also now current head coach, Mark Plakorus, of the University of Montana.
Originally from Irving, Texas, Davenport attended Texas A&M-Commerce University where he was on the football team for a year before becoming a volunteer assistant with the women’s soccer program. He received his bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration and later received his master’s degree in Education Administration from TCU. Along the way, he also coached at Nolan Catholic High School helping the boy’s team begin their run at multiple state titles under head coach Adam Clementson.