Former Bears standout is one of 152 players in the new pro league
BU teammates join Davis on NWSL invite list
Bears will face four in-state opponents in five-match slate.
BU defensive star has opportunity to make Portland's pro team.
Bears look to build on successful 2012 campaign with seven new faces.
Paul Jobson is a National "A" licensed coach beginning his eighth season at Baylor and first as head coach after spending two seasons as co-head coach with his wife and current assistant coach, Marci. Among his duties are serving as the program's day-to-day administrator, planning and structuring practices and organizing summer camps.
"Baylor is blessed to have a soccer coaching staff that operates a model program which nurtures our student-athletes so they thrive athletically, academically, spiritually and socially," said Baylor Vice President and Athletics Director Ian McCaw. "This staff reorganization will put our coaching staff in position to be even more effective and thereby position Baylor Soccer for even greater success in the years to come."
During his time at Baylor, Jobson has helped guide the Bears to some of their best seasons in recent memory. Since arriving at Baylor in 2008, he has played a significant role in increasing the program's win total in four of the last six years, culminating in the program's first Big 12 Championship title and deepest run in the NCAA Tournament with a 2012 Sweet 16 appearance. Finishing with the highest ranking and best record (19-1-5) in program history, the 2012 squad ended its Sweet 16 run with the 11th spot in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Poll.
The 2011-12 seasons resulted in unprecedented success as the Bears have posted 15 or more wins back-to-back for the first time in program history and advanced past the NCAA Tournament first round both times - another program first.
The 2013 season saw Baylor surpass the 10-win mark for the fourth straight season -- the first such run since the program did so five straight years from 1996-2000. Additionally, BU set program records for most matches without a loss (31), most home matches without a loss (17) and most consecutive home wins (14). Perhaps the highlight of the season was getting off to a hot start to earn a No. 9 ranking in the NSCAA poll on Sept. 3, 2013 -- the program's highest-ever ranking by the NSCAA.
In 2014, BU went 9-8-3 for its sixth straight season with at least eight wins. The Bears ended on a high note with a good run at the 2015 Big 12 Championship as the No. 7 seed, knocking out No. 2 seed Oklahoma State in a 1-0 decision before falling on penalty kicks to No. 6 seed Oklahoma. BU has won at least one match in the Big 12 Championship for three straight years and has beaten a higher seeded team two years in a row. Along with earning the NSCAA 2013-14 Team Academic Award with a 3.55 team GPA for the third time in four years, the Bears also led the league in Academic All-Big 12 selections for the fourth straight year with 13 honorees.
Much of the success on the field by the Jobsons can be credited to their emphasis on man-marking defense that has resulted in six of the program's lowest goals allowed averages. The 2012 team set the record by only allowing 0.53 goals per game. The other five seasons were also under one goal per game (0.95 in 2009, 0.81 in 2010, 0.79 in 2011, 0.63 in 2013, 0.77 in 2014) -- prior to 2009, the program only had one season with an average under 1.15 goals allowed and that was in 1998 (0.98) in Baylor's third-ever soccer season (program began in 1996). Consequently, BU has racked up nine or more shutouts in five straight seasons for a program record. The last time the Bears had a similar streak was in their first three seasons (10 shutouts in 1996, nine in 1997, 11 in 1998).
In 2011, Jobson led the Bears to their then-second-most wins (15) in school history and most Big 12 wins (6) since 2000. BU was also selected for the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1999. Once in the 64-team field, Baylor earned its first ever NCAA win with a 3-0 victory over Texas State at Betty Lou Mays Field.
In 2010, Jobson assisted in turning BU into an 11-win team, the most victories since 1999. In addition, the defense put up the then-lowest goal against average in program history (0.81).
The Conyers, Ga., native was a three-year letterman at Presbyterian College in South Carolina and was a member of the squad which made the school's first NCAA Division II championship appearance. The Blue Hose compiled a 17-3-1 ledger that included the South Atlantic Conference regular season and postseason tourney championships.
Jobson helped Presbyterian to a 15-4-3 mark and regular season and conference tournament titles during the 1996 campaign. The following season, he was part of a team that notched 11 victories before opting to begin his coaching career as a senior.
During his senior season at PC, Jobson served as a student assistant coach while finishing his bachelor's degree in accountancy in 1999. Upon graduation, Jobson moved into a role as assistant men's soccer coach and assistant sports information director at Presbyterian until he left to work for his family's business a year later.
In 2002, Jobson resumed his work in soccer when he took a position with the Atlanta Beat of the WUSA (women's professional soccer league). In his role with the team, Jobson was able to work in many different facets of the soccer world, including promotion, youth soccer development and game day operations. Jobson's duties with the Beat ranged from serving as an account executive to being program director for youth player development, co-producer of the Atlanta Beat Road Show, and manager of the ajcjobs.com kickback zone. There he also met his future bride, Marci Miller, who was playing for the team.
Throughout his soccer experiences, Jobson turned sports administration duties into his specialty, routinely taking on the tasks of fund-raising, budgets and camps.
"He's produced results while coaching young women at many levels. With his business experience, office organization and passion for the game, we make a great team," Marci Jobson said.
A graduate of Salem High School, Jobson has also served as the Soccer Director and Program Supervisor for the Snellville (Ga.) Parks and Recreation Department as well as the Athletic Coordinator for Recreation and Select Soccer for the Alpharetta (Ga.) Recreation and Parks Department.
In 2005, Jobson served as the junior varsity soccer coach at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga., where he guided one of the best JV programs in the state of Georgia. Jobson also served as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Youth Soccer Association. In 2005, Jobson earned his USSF National `B' license.
Prior to Baylor, Jobson was on the Northern Illinois staff as an assistant coach from 2005-06 and was named associate head coach for the 2007 season. During his tenure, Jobson helped lead NIU from five wins his first season to 10 wins in 2007.
The 1999 Presbyterian (S.C.) graduate married Marci Jobson in August 2004. Marci is currently an assistant coach in the Baylor program. They have three sons, Miller, who was born on May 2, 2009, Grey, who was born on Dec. 28, 2011, and Nash, who was born on Feb. 12, 2014.