Special to the News-Telegram
PARIS — Paris Junior College has hired John R. Cossaboon to coach the men and women’s soccer teams. The announcement was made at the PJC Board of Regents meeting Monday.
Cossaboon comes to PJC after five years as head coach of the men’s soccer team at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, and has NCAA Division I and international coaching experience in both men’s and women’s soccer.
“We are excited about having Coach Cossaboon take over our soccer programs,” said PJC President, Dr. Pam Anglin. “The beginning of soccer at PJC has been good for the campus and I believe good for the future of soccer in this area and we believe Coach Cossaboon will continue the success we've seen in the program.”
In his five years at Ozarks, the Rochester, New York native led the Eagles to the American Southwest All-Conference tournament each year. During that time, fourteen players were named All-Conference, two players earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors, six players made the ASC All-Academic Team, three players were named to the Capitol One Academic All-American program, and the program overall won the 2012 NSCAA team academic award.
“I appreciate this opportunity presented to me by Dr. Pam Anglin,” said Coach Cossaboon. “I'm excited at the combination of being able to work with quality young men and women simultaneously. It's something I've done my whole life and I've missed it. The popularity of youth soccer in the area is great, too. I'm looking forward to making connections here.”
Prior to leading the Ozarks’ men’s soccer team, he was head women’s coach at Southern Methodist University and the University of San Diego. He also served as assistant women’s coach at Gonzaga University.
For each of his four seasons at SMU, the team won conference titles each of those years, and twice he was named Conference USA Coach of the Year. The Mustangs won their seventh straight regular season title in 2006, tied for 24th in a national poll, and received an at-large bid to the College Cup, their sixth straight appearance. In his first season leading SMU, they finished 22nd in the nation and won the Western Athletic Conference.
In six years as head women’s coach at the University of San Diego, Cossaboon led the team to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (1999-2002). He also served as women’s head coach at the University of California Santa Barbara from 1995-1996.
Cossaboon’s international coaching experience comes from Japan, where he coached a women’s professional league from 1993 to 1995.
Cossaboon has a Master of Arts degree in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the State University of New York (SUNY)-Cortland.
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