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Kathleen Paulsen enters her first season at the helm of the women's soccer program after spending the 2012 soccer season as the director of operations for the University of Arkansas women's soccer team.
Paulsen, the third head coach in program history, is accompanied with NCAA I soccer experience as a four-year letterwinner with the Lady Razorbacks. During her time in Fayetteville, Paulsen made an appearance in all 77 games UA played, starting an impressive 59 times. She finished her career with eight goals scored on 97 shots and two assists, totaling 20 points. While a student-athlete, Paulsen was a member and representative of the UA Student Athlete Advisory Committee while earning Southeastern Conference and Arkansas academic honor roll accolades. She was also named to the SEC's Good Works Team as a senior in 2009.
Paulsen continued her playing career for a year after graduation, joining the Arkansas Comets of the Women's Premier Soccer League for the 2012 season.
Paulsen joined the Arkansas women's soccer staff in the fall of 2012 as a volunteer assistant coach in addition to serving as the director of soccer operations. She oversaw areas of the program that included fitness, nutrition, recovery and logistical organization. The Lady Razorbacks finished the 2012 campaign with an overall record of 9-10-1, including upset victories over three ranked opponents in Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri. The Razorbacks would eventually fall in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament, losing 3-2 in extra time to South Carolina.
After her graduation in 2010, Paulsen earned a graduate assistant position and worked with the Academic Services wing of the Arkansas athletic department, tracking student-athlete's academic progress and eligibility, ensuring compliance with NCAA regulations.
Paulsen is no stranger to Siloam Springs, having served as a volunteer assistant soccer coach for the Golden Eagles during the 2011 season under her predecessor, Scott Marksberry, as John Brown posted an 8-8-2 overall record. Paulsen became intimately familiar with the program as she assisted in coaching duties on game day in addition to structuring team and goalkeeper training over the course of the season.
During the summers of 2010 and 2011, Paulsen spent her time in Rogers, Ark., as a manager and counselor at Camp War Eagle, a Christian sports, adventure and recreation camp. There, she oversaw counselors by ensuring policies and procedures were followed while organizing and scheduling camp staff for various events.
A native of Littleton, Colo., Paulsen graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. In 2012, she completed a Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology. She also holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Coaching Diploma, recognition of completing a program that certifies competency in the teaching process, psychological skills training and laws of the game of soccer in addition to earning a National "D" License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
Paulsen currently resides in Fayetteville.