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Scott Calabrese

Scott Calabrese was named the sixth head men's soccer coach at UCF on Dec. 5, 2016.


In just his second season with UCF, Calabrese and the staff earned the American Athletic Conference Coaching Staff of the Year after winning the conference regular season title with a 5-1-1 record in conference play. Overall, the Knights finished 13-3-3. Since becoming a Division I program, it is the third best record the Knights have garnered. UCF put together an impressive 8-2-3 record at the UCF Soccer Complex scoring 29 goals and grabbing 86 points.


The 2018 team moved into the program record books after recording eight goals and eight assists in the 8-1 win over Jacksonville for 24 points, the fifth most in program history. The Knights also went on a 10-match unbeaten streak, which breaks their previous record of nine.


Calabrese coached one of the best offenses in all of Division I. For the entire regular season, the Knights have been ranked top 10 in the nation in almost every offensive category including total assists, total goals, total points, scoring offense, points per game, assists per game, goals per game, and have been the top team in shots per game and shots on goal per game. UCF was also the top team in The American in all of those categories.


Calabrese and the staff produced three major award winners (Offensive, Midfielder, Goalkeeper of the Year), seven All-Conference selections, and eight Player of the Week awards from The American. They also produced five All-Region selections and two All-Americans (Cal Jennings and Louis Perez). In addition to all the awards, the Knights capped off the regular season with a ranking of No. 9, which is the third highest in program history. Throughout the season, the Knights reached as high as No. 7.


For the sixth time in program history, the Knights reached the NCAA Tournament after earning a 14th seed, a first round bye, and hosting privileges.


Calabrese also produced a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in Cal Jennings who scored 20 goals in 19 games including three hat tricks on the season.


In his first season with UCF, the Knights went 8-6-2 overall and 4-2-1 in conference play. The team went undefeated at home posting four wins and finished second in the American Athletic Conference under Calabrese’s leadership.


During the 2017, the Knights were awarded The American Player of Week five times, earned five all-conference selections, two all-rookie honors, and two all-region winners. Also during his first season in The American, the Knights finished first in points (39), goals (13), and assists (13), while senior Matias Pyysalo dominated the offensive game taking Offensive Player of the Year honors.


Calabrese spent the previous three seasons before coming to UCF at FIU, taking the program to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in over 10 years by capturing the 2015 Conference USA Championship. He helped the Panthers to consecutive appearances in the finals at the C-USA Championship.


The two-time conference coach of the year has posted an 85-67-20 overall mark.


"I am very excited about the pedigree that Scott Calabrese brings to UCF," White said. "The soccer culture in Orlando has grown exponentially over the last several years, and I believe Coach Calabrese can help us add to that culture here at UCF. Scott has had great success in his coaching career. He was the region coach of the year at FIU in 2015 and won two conference championships at East Tennessee State, where he started the program from scratch. I look forward to watching him build the Knights into a national power in the soccer capital of the south."


The Newton, Conn., native has been known for building programs and started the program at East Tennessee State in 2008. In three short years, he guided the Bucs to the 2010 Atlantic Sun Championship behind 10 shutout victories, earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The 2010 NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year tallied four seasons with 10-or-more victories and also aided ETSU to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.


"I would like to thank Dr. Daniel J. White and the search committee for providing me with the opportunity to be the next head men's soccer coach at UCF," Calabrese said. "I am beyond excited to join this incredible and growing athletic department that is investing in its student-athletes and programs.


"I had an opportunity to meet the team and talk with the players individually this morning. They are very committed to seeing this program succeed, improve and progress. I can't wait to get started on the field in January and begin building personal relationships with these young men."


Prior to taking the head coaching position at ETSU, Calabrese served four seasons as an assistant at Clemson from 2003-06. He aided the Tigers to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2005 College Cup and a No. 1 national ranking. He additionally worked as the director of the Clemson Soccer Academy, which hosts over 1,800 youth soccer players a year.


As a part of the coaching staff at North Carolina from 2000-01, he helped the Tar Heels to a pair of Elite Eight appearances, which included the 2001 National Championship and 2000 ACC Championship.


He has ties to the central Florida area, beginning his career as an assistant coach at Stetson from 1998-99.


Calabrese also has a connection to UCF women's soccer head coach Tiffany Roberts-Sahaydak, who he coached professionally as a member of the Carolina Courage (WUSA) coaching staff in 2002. He helped guide the Courage as an assistant coach to the Founder's Cup that season.


Calabrese graduated from Bryant College with a degree in business administration. He also holds an "A" coaching license and is a Level I and II certified goalkeeping instructor with the NSCAA.


The Calabrese File


Hometown – Newton, Conn.


Family – Wife, Farrell; Children Kai, Lucca and Kingsley


Education – Bryant College, 1995

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Paul Souders

Paul Souders joined the men’s soccer staff in the spring of 2016 as an assistant coach and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in the fall of 2018.


In his second season with UCF, Souders and the staff earned the American Athletic Conference Coaching Staff of the Year after winning the conference regular season title with a 5-1-1 record in conference play. Overall, the Knights finished 13-3-3. Since becoming a Division I program, it is the third best record the Knights have garnered. UCF put together an impressive 8-2-3 record at the UCF Soccer Complex scoring 29 goals and grabbing 86 points.


The 2018 team moved into the program record books after recording eight goals and eight assists in the 8-1 win over Jacksonville for 24 points, the fifth most in program history. The Knights also went on a 10-match unbeaten streak, which breaks their previous record of nine.


Souders helped coach one of the best offenses in all of Division I. For the entire regular season, the Knights have been ranked top 10 in the nation in almost every offensive category including total assists, total goals, total points, scoring offense, points per game, assists per game, goals per game, and have been the top team in shots per game and shots on goal per game. UCF was also the top team in The American in all of those categories.


Souders and the staff produced three major award winners (Offensive, Midfielder, Goalkeeper of the Year), seven All-Conference selections, and eight Player of the Week awards from The American. They also produced five All-Region selections and two All-Americans (Cal Jennings and Louis Perez). In addition to all the awards, the Knights capped off the regular season with a ranking of No. 9, which is the third highest in program history. Throughout the season, the Knights reached as high as No. 7.


For the sixth time in program history, the Knights reached the NCAA Tournament after earning a 14th seed, a first round bye, and hosting privileges.


Souders also helped produce a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in Cal Jennings who scored 20 goals in 19 games including three hat tricks on the season.


During the 2017 season, Souders helped produce nine All-Conference selections, Offensive Player of the Year, and two NSCAA All-East Region honorees while finishing the season 8-6-2 with a 4-2-1 conference record. The Knights went on an eight-match unbeaten streak to make it to The American Conference Tournament finals. During his first year, the Knights never lost a match at home.


Souders also oversaw student-athlete academics where Matias Pyysalo was named The American’s Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


The two-time NSCAA Far West Region Assistant Coach of the Year spent eight seasons at New Mexico before coming to Orlando, Fla.


During a nine-year stint with the Lobos, Souders helped the program to three NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, including a run to the 2013 NCAA College Cup in Philadelphia, Pa. New Mexico’s success includes qualifying for five NCAA Tournaments, four conference championships and an undefeated (18-0-4) campaign in 2011. The Lobos posted a 101-42-21 overall and 45-18-7 league mark during that span.


While serving as associate head coach over the past seven campaigns, Souders was responsible for recruiting, academics, scheduling and coaching the offensive attack.


Academics are a point of emphasis for Souders, who aided the Lobos to a program-record 3.43 grade point average in the fall of 2013. He mentored two-time COSIDA Academic All-America selection Levi Rossi and NSCAA Scholar Athlete Kyle Venter. Lobo student-athletes have also earned eight COSIDA Academic All-Region and 27 academic all-conference honors under his guidance.


Prior to arriving at New Mexico, Souders spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Dayton, helping the Flyers to a 27-18-11 overall record. During his tenure, four former Flyers who have played professionally in North America and Europe.


Dayton finished the 2007 campaign 10-4-5 overall and advanced to the opening round of the 2007 Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Championship. The Flyers completed the season on a six-game unbeaten streak, had two players selected to the All-Atlantic 10 and NSCAA Middle Atlantic Region teams and finished No. 8 in the regional rankings.


The Dallas, Texas, native earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education at Clemson. Calabrese coached Souders during his senior campaign, which led to Souders playing in his fourth NCAA Tournament. He was a part of two NCAA Sweet 16 berths with the Tigers.


Souders also played in the U-23 United States Olympic Pool. He also has coaching experience with the New Mexico State U-16 team and served as a graduate assistant in 2004.


Souders and his wife, formerly Lindsey Gramley, have two daughters Kya and Tegan.

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Jamie Davies

Jamie Davies joined the UCF Men's Soccer coaching staff in January 2018. Davies comes to UCF after four seasons as an assistant coach at Georgia State and an Academy Coach with Atlanta United USSDA U16 Team.


In his first season with UCF, Davies and the staff earned the American Athletic Conference Coaching Staff of the Year after winning the conference regular season title with a 5-1-1 record in conference play. Overall, the Knights finished 13-3-3. Since becoming a Division I program, it is the third best record the Knights have garnered. UCF put together an impressive 8-2-3 record at the UCF Soccer Complex scoring 29 goals and grabbing 86 points.


The 2018 team moved into the program record books after recording eight goals and eight assists in the 8-1 win over Jacksonville for 24 points, the fifth most in program history. The Knights also went on a 10-match unbeaten streak, which breaks their previous record of nine.


Davies helped coach one of the best offenses in all of Division I. For the entire regular season, the Knights have been ranked top 10 in the nation in almost every offensive category including total assists, total goals, total points, scoring offense, points per game, assists per game, goals per game, and have been the top team in shots per game and shots on goal per game. UCF was also the top team in The American in all of those categories.


Davies and the staff produced three major award winners (Offensive, Midfielder, Goalkeeper of the Year), seven All-Conference selections, and eight Player of the Week awards from The American.They also produced five All-Region selections and two All-Americans (Cal Jennings and Louis Perez). In addition to all the awards, the Knights capped off the regular season with a ranking of No. 9, which is the third highest in program history. Throughout the season, the Knights reached as high as No. 7.


For the sixth time in program history, the Knights reached the NCAA Tournament after earning a 14th seed, a first round bye, and hosting privileges.


Davies also helped produce a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in Cal Jennings who scored 20 goals in 19 games including three hat tricks on the season.


Davies was the top assistant coach at Georgia State. He brought a wealth of playing and coaching experience at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. At Atlanta United he was in charge of regional scouting for the Academy while Head Coach of the U16 Group.


In 2017, Davies helped lead the Panthers to a runner-up finish in both the Sun Belt regular season and tournament championship. Georgia State had the No. 1 scoring offense in the Sun Belt and ranked No. 28 in the nation. In 2016, Georgia State reached the conference tournament final, outscored its opponents 42-25, leading the Sun Belt and ranking No. 11 in the nation.


In 2015, the program ranked in the final Top 10 NSCAA Southeast Region and advanced to the championship match of the Sun Belt Conference. The Panthers ranked in the top five in the NCAA in scoring (2.28 goals per match). He helped four GSU players earn All-Sun Belt honors with Eddie Wilding also earning All-Region. In his first year at GSU, Davies helped the team finish in second place in the conference with four players earning All-Sun Belt recognition, along with Stephen McGill earning All-Region.


Prior to his time at Georgia State, Davies spent four years at Division II Limestone (Gaffney, S.C.), where he helped develop the Saints into one of the better offenses in the country. Limestone won back-to-back Conference Carolinas regular-season and tournament championships in 2012 and 2013 and finished with a combined 28-9-1 overall record and a 15-2-1 mark in league play. The Saints were nationally-ranked both years, including a No. 21 ranking in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division II poll in 2013 after reaching the NCAA tournament.


Before his time at Limestone, Davies spent four seasons in the Premier Development League (PDL) with the New Orleans Jesters and the West Virginia Chaos. He earned PDL Team of the Week honors twice with the Jesters before returning to school to earn a master's of business administration in entrepreneurship.


Davies served as a Graduate Assistant coach at the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) and during his tenure with the Red Storm, the team reached the NAIA final four twice and finished as the NAIA national runner-up with a 20-4-1 final record in 2008. Davies then returned to the PDL to play one season with the Chaos in 2008. In his second season with West Virginia, he took over as the assistant coach and helped guide the team to a franchise best record in 2009.


Davies holds a USSF National "B" License. Davies played college soccer at NAIA member William Woods and graduated in 2007 with a degree in sports management and a minor in business. He was named academic all-conference following his freshman and sophomore campaigns.


A native of London, England, Davies played for Crystal Palace F.C. and Leyton Orient F.C. at the youth level.


Davies is married to Alexis Amador-Davies.

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