Paul Karver begins his first season with the Bulldog soccer program as an assistant coach.
"I am delighted to announce the addition of Paul to our staff," said Zwaschka. "He has been a consistent, hard-working professional for many years now. His career to date shows steady progression and valuable learning experiences along the way."
Karver comes to Fresno State after spending the past year with the University of Oregon women's soccer program.
"Paul is someone who has made it a point to be coached by and work alongside some of the brightest coaches in the west and midwest, and has experience in top conferences like the Mountain West and Pac-12, so I intend to put his experiences to good use for the continued development of our program," added Zwaschka.
Prior to his stint with Oregon, Karver spent two seasons at UNLV, where he was first assistant for second-year head coach Jennifer Klein.
The Portland-native served as the director of recruiting for the Rebels and successfully expanded UNLV's recruiting area to include the Northwest. In his second year of working with goalkeepers at UNLV, Karver improved their goals against average from 1.45 to 0.95 and guided the youngest goalkeeper in the country, Kylie Wassell, to Mountain West Player of the Week Accolades and improved her save percentage to 0.723 during the 2010 campaign.
Karver contributed in training sessions and game planning that led to the best start in program history and secured an appearance in the MW Semifinals during the 2010 season. In that same season, Karver's goalkeepers allowed the Rebels to play into a 1-1 draw against then-No. 6 BYU.
Prior to his stop at UNLV, Karver served as the first assistant at his alma mater, University of Redlands in Redland, Calif. He was responsible for team and goalkeeping training, as well as recruiting that led to a SCIAC regular season title, two conference finals appearances and an NCAA Tournament berth. As director of recruiting, Karver was directly responsible for bringing in one All-West Region and four All-SCIAC honorees in two recruiting classes.
Karver also has several years of club coaching experience, most recently serving as the director of coaching and player development for MidState Soccer Club in Decatur, Ill. from 2007-08. He spent six years (2001-07) as the goalkeeper coach and staff coach for the Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club in Beaverton, Ore., and was a staff coach for the Illinois ODP (2007-09).
He spent his freshman year in college at Creighton in 2000 and helped the Bluejays to a conference championship and to the NCAA championship game before falling to eventual champion Connecticut. He then transferred to the University of Redlands for the final three years of his career. In his time with the Bulldogs, he helped them earn three SCIAC championships en route to a combined conference mark of 40-2. Overall, Redlands went 51-7-5 and made three NCAA Championship appearances, reaching the regional final twice.
Karver graduated from the Redlands in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and received a master's degree in higher education in May 2010. He holds a National Youth Diploma from the NSCAA and both a National "A" License and an Adult National Coaching License with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). He also earned his USSF National GK License this past season.
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