Southwestern Assemblies of God University announced Paul Hason as the new women’s head soccer coach Wednesday at the Sheaffer Center.
Since 1990, Hason has played or coached at every college division possible, as well as playing professionally overseas and locally with the Dallas Sidekicks, a professional indoor soccer team based in Allen, Texas.
“A reading of Coach Hason’s resume indicates a passion for soccer and a passion for bettering people,” SAGU athletic director Jesse Godding said. “His ability to lead athletically and spiritually will become evident to the individuals in the program as well as parents and fans. Coach Hason is passionate about seeing individuals grow in their faith while excelling on the field.”
Hason replaces former eight-year head coach Mandy Fortner, who resigned in February to move to Leakey, Texas with her husband Derrick Fortner and raise her two children.
Hason is extremely familiar with soccer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area because his father was one of the pioneers of soccer in North Texas, as well as the head coach at Dallas Baptist University and the University of Dallas. Following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, he became the third generation to reach the professional level as either a player or a coach.
Hason is also the executive director of Dallas Soccer, where he offers private as well as consulting/coaching services for clubs.
In addition to his executive director duties, he works with the U.S. Girls National Soccer Team program as a staff coach with the Market Training Center in North Texas, an invite-only training program for elite girls soccer players between the ages of 12 and 16.
“I want to thank the SAGU administration for putting their faith in me to lead the women’s soccer program,” Hason said. “I feel extremely humbled and blessed at the chance to lead SAGU women’s soccer. My family and I look forward to joining the SAGU community and look forward to contributing in every way we can. I’m very excited to meet the current and future faces of the Lady Lions, the players that I have already been praying for.
“The environment is set up so everyone is on the same page. Everything we do in the program all revolves around focusing on the Lord and glorifying Him. To have that combined with the sports side and academics, make it an amazing place for a student-athlete to grow all-around.”
Hason graduated with a degree in Christian Ministries from fellow Sooner Athletic Conference school, Mid-America Christian University.
From 2007-2012, Hason served as an assistant men’s coach at Southern Methodist University, helping the Mustangs attend three NCAA tournaments.
In 2010, they were ranked No. 5, and in 2011, they were No. 6 in the overall tournament and reached the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to University of North Carolina in penalty kicks.
While at SMU, Hason had 12 players drafted to the MLS. From 2002-2005, Hason served as an assistant women’s coach at Texas Woman’s University.
The Lady Lions season, which officially kicks off at 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at Paul Quinn College, will feature a SAGU women’s team that went 9-11 overall and 3-6 in the Sooner Athletic Conference in 2015 — the best overall season record in university history.
“I believe in a growth mindset. We can always be better than we were yesterday. If we keep that mindset, the results will follow,” Hason said. “The former coaches laid a great foundation and a good road map. The Lord has equipped me to become the new steward of the women’s soccer program at SAGU and I look forward to fulfilling His will.”