Paul Snape, who helped lead the University of Michigan to the 2010 NCAA Division I College Cup Final Four, was named men’s soccer head coach at Butler University in January of 2011. He became the sixth men’s head coach in Butler’s soccer history.
The former Michigan Associate Head Coach is in his fourth year with the Bulldogs, and he’s guided the Bulldogs through three different conferences. Snape led the Bulldogs from the Horizon League to the Atlantic 10 Conference and then to the BIG EAST.
In his first season at Butler, Snape guided a young Butler team to a 7-8-3 record. His first collegiate victory as a head coach came against his former team, the Michigan Wolverines, in the opening game of the 2011 Michigan Invitational. Prior to the match, he received an NCAA Tournament ring in a special ceremony honoring Michigan’s Final Four team. In 2012, Snape led the Bulldogs to a 5-8-5 record against a schedule that included seven NCAA Tournament teams, and last season Butler recorded an 11-8-1 mark while competing in the BIG EAST. The Bulldogs' 2013 season ended with an overtime loss in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship.
Snape joined Butler’s staff after spending eight seasons at Michigan. He served as an assistant coach for the Wolverines for six seasons, before being promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2009. He helped lead Michigan to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a berth in the 2003 Elite Eight and this year’s Final Four appearance. Michigan finished the 2010 season with a school-record 17-5-3 final ledger and its first-ever Big Ten Tournament title.
In addition to his coaching experience at Michigan, Snape served for one season as head coach of the Michigan Bucks in the USL Premier Development League. He guided the team to the Elite Eight of the league in 2005. He’s also served as an assistant coach for the Michigan Olympic Development Program (2001-07) and as a youth coach for the Michigan Rush SC (2006-08), Vardar SC (2003, 2009-10), Birmingham Bloomfield SC (2002-06) and Bloomfield Force SC (1999-2002).
Snape came to Michigan following a seven-year playing career with the Michigan Bucks. He helped lead the Bucks to five divisional titles (1997-2000, 2003) and a regional crown in 1997. The Bucks reached the third round of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Snape was selected to the PDL All-League Team in 1997 and 2000.
A 2000 graduate of Oakland University, Snape was a four-year letterwinner and two-year men’s soccer captain (1999 & 2000) for the Grizzlies. He was a three-time Mid-Continent Conference first team All-League selection and a three-time All-Region performer, 1998-2000. He was a conference Academic Award Winner in 1999 and 2000. Following his senior season, he was selected to play in the 2001 Senior Bowl.
Snape holds a National “A” Coaching License from the United State Soccer Federation, and he’s a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the United States Soccer Federation and the United Kingdom Professional Footballers’ Association. He formerly lived in Liverpool, England, and trained at the Liverpool Academy as a youth. He and his wife, Michele, have three daughters, Scarlett Sydney, and infant twins Palmer Lola and Madison Marie.