Paul Babba enters his second season as the Head Coach of the Bryan Lions Women’s Soccer Program and is just the third head women's soccer coach since women's soccer became a NAIA Sport at Bryan in fall of 1997.
In his season debut, Babba helped the Lions to an incredible feat, battling their way to a 10-10-2 overall mark, which is the winningest season in recorded history. The team kept the momentum alive as the year came to a close, knocking off top-seeded teams in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament, before claiming the Runner-Up title.
The Numan, Nigeria native, comes to Bryan after five years as the Head Coach at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. He brings a wealth of knowledge on the professional, collegiate, and international levels to the Women's Soccer Program at Bryan.
While at Delta State, Babba implemented a strong defensive and possession position on the pitch, leading the Lady Statesmen to seeing their lowest goals against average in the history of the program. He also emphasized the pursuit of excellence off the field as the Lady Statesmen were a fixture in DSU's community service competition, The Champs Cup, where they were recognized for their academic commitments.
Prior to his time at Delta State, Babba served for four seasons as the assistant coach to Head Coach Darryl Longabaugh at Mississippi College. He spent the majority of the time focusing on the forwards and midfielders. He helped guide the Lady Choctaws in many successful seasons, producing a great amount of All-ASC performers.
Deeply passionate about teaching soccer to the youth of Mississippi, Babba has served as a club coach with the Mississippi Fire Juniors since June 2010, and he previously held the post of director of coaching at the Brandon Soccer League.
His accomplishments in soccer started during his collegiate playing career, and as a four-year starter at Belhaven College he finished his career as the Blazer's second all-time leading scorer with 37 total goals. Over a three-year period, he was an offensive threat, compiling 18 assists and 92 points.
His outstanding collegiate career opened the door for Babba to compete at the next level, playing two seasons with Mississippi Brilla FC, a team in the Professional Development League.
While at Belhaven College, he studied sports administration, receiving his bachelor's degree in 2007. He continued his education, receiving his master's in intercollegiate athletic administration from Mississippi College in 2010.
He has earned a Class "B" license and a National Youth License from the United States Soccer Federation.
Paul and his wife Laura, along with their three children, currently reside in Dayton, Tenn.
|00||Morgana Hardt da Silva||SR||GK||5-6||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|1||Caragan Treola||FR||GK||5-4||Fayetteville, Tenn.|
|2||Anna Sanders||SO||F||5-2||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|3||Yarahi Hernandez||JR||D/F||5-5||Garland, Texas|
|4||Ruth Rosales||SR||M||5-2||El Salto, Mexico|
|5||Elizabeth Cawthorne||SR||D||5-5||Orlando, Fla.|
|6||Johanna Rappe||FR||M/F||6-0||Nordhausen, Germany|
|7||Abby Sweatman||SO||D||5-0||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|8||Keeley Holliday||SO||M/D||5-3||Workington, England|
|10||Ana Ramirez||JR||M||4-11||Garland, Texas|
|11||Paige Klose||SO||D||5-5||Woodstown, N.J.|
|12||Makena Giles||FR||F||5-7||Athens, Tenn.|
|13||Jessica Chaveiro||JR||F/D||5-4||Lisbon, Portugal|
|14||Hannah Bohner||SR||M/D||5-6||Winston-Salem, N.C.|
|15||Sara Farlett||JR||F||5-2||Soddy Daisy, Tenn.|
|16||Xena Jesurum||SO||D||5-6||Cleveland, Tenn.|
|17||Claudia Eckstein||JR||M/D||5-5||Stettfeld, Germany|
|18||Polly Holt||SR||D||5-2||Knoxville, Tenn.|
|19||Mya Patel||FR||M||5-4||Cleveland, Tenn.|
|20||Mary Mai Berchtold||JR||M||5-0||Wake Forest, N.C.|
|21||Madison Arnt||SO||D||5-9||Ringgold, Ga.|
|Grace Baughman||FR||M||5-0||Ringgold, Ga.|
|Kielyn Bright||FR||M||5-4||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|Brinley Collett||FR||F||5-4||Cumberland Gap, Tenn.|
|Taylor Cooley||JR||D||5-5||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|Shelby Cornelius||FR||F||5-7||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|Jordyn Elardo-Smyth||SR||D||5-3||West Palm Beach, Fla.|
|Rachel Farlett||FR||D||5-6||Soddy Daisy, Tenn.|
|Sara Farlett||FR||F||5-2||Soddy Daisy, Tenn.|
|Abby Martin||FR||M||5-5||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|Lucilia Santiago||FR||D||5-3||Dayton, Tenn.|
|Mary Sommers||SO||D||5-5||Dayton, Tenn.|
|Danielle Thompson||SR||D||5-7||Windermere, Fla.|