EUGENE, Ore.- In addition to signing seven new Ducks for the 2012-13 campaign on National Signing Day, University of Oregon women's soccer head coach Tara Erickson has also announced the addition of Paul Karver to her coaching staff.
"I want to thank coach Erickson and the University of Oregon athletics family for giving me this opportunity," said Karver. "The soccer program here has a very bright future and I am looking forward to being a part of it."
Karver comes to Eugene after spending the last two seasons at UNLV, where he was first assistant for second-year head coach Jennifer Klein.
The Portland-native served as the director of recruiting for the Rebels and successfully expanded UNLV's recruiting area to include the north west. In his second year of working with goalkeepers at UNLV, Karver improved their goals against average from 1.45 to .95 and guided the youngest goalkeeper in the country, Kylie Wassell, to Mountain West Player of the Week accolades and improved her save percentage to 0.723 during the 2010 campaign.
Karver contributed in training sessions and game planning that led to the best start in program history and secured an appearance in the MWC Semifinals during the 2010 season. In that same season, Karver's goalkeepers allowed the Rebels to play into a 1-1 draw with then-No. 6 BYU.
"I am extremely excited about our addition of Paul Karver to the staff here at Oregon," said Erickson. "His knowledge of the game, reputation as an elite goalkeeper trainer, as well as his understanding of our recruiting needs here at Oregon make him a perfect complement to our staff."
"With Paul being an Oregonian, I love his enthusiasm for Oregon Duck athletics," added Erickson.
Prior to his stop in Las Vegas, Karver served as first assistant at his alma mater, University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif. He was responsible for team and goalkeeping training, as well as recruiting that led to a SCIAC regular season title, two conference finals appearances and an NCAA Tournament berth. As director of recruiting, Karver was directly responsible for bringing in one All-West Region and four all-SCIAC honorees in two recruiting classes.
Karver also has several years of club coaching experience, most recently serving as the director of coaching and player development for MidState Soccer Club in Decatur, Ill., from 2007-08. He spent six years (2001-07) as the goalkeeper coach and staff coach for the Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club in Beaverton, Ore., and was a staff coach for the Illinois ODP (2007-09).
He spent his freshman year in college at Creighton in 2000 and helped the Bluejays to a conference championship and to the NCAA championship game before falling to eventual champion Connecticut. He then transferred to the University of Redlands for the final three years of his career. In his time with the Bulldogs, he helped them earn three Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships en route to a combined conference mark of 40-2. Overall, Redlands went 51-7-5 and made three NCAA Championship appearances, reaching the regional final twice.
Karver graduated from the Redlands in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and received his master's degree in higher education in May 2010. He holds a National Youth Diploma from the NSCAA and both a National "A" License and an Adult National Coaching License with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). He also earned his USSF National GK License this past season.
Erickson, returns 22 players from a 2011 team that finished the 2011 campaign with an 8-9-3 overall mark and 3-6-2 in Pac-12 Conference play. Those returners will face a six-match spring exhibition season beginning on April 14 with a rematch of the Civil War against Oregon State and concluding with a May 5 match at Portland State.