Ross Paule Inducted into University Hall of Fame

(Omaha, NE)  April 9, 2012

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FCA Soccer National Director, Ross Paule, was inducted into the Creighton University Athletic Hall of Fame on April 9th.  Even though Ross Paule played only three years at Creighton before being drafted into Major League Soccer, he made a significant and lasting contribution to the development of soccer at Creighton and is highly ranked in multiple career statistical categories.

The Bluejays were 36-13-4 in the three seasons Ross Paule played.  Ross remains the only soccer player in school history to have earned first team all-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) honors in his first three seasons and one of only 10 players overall to have earned the honor three times.

Ross was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Player of the Year award (before the two were combined) in 1996, the year he led Creighton to its fifth straight MVC regular season title and its first College Cup.  According to Coach Bret Simon, "Ross was the catalyst for his college teams.  His combination of skill, vision, and competitive drive earned him the respect of teammates and opponents alike.  Ross was a dream to coach; a quiet, reliable and remarkable leader."

Ross finished his college career after 63 matches--all starts--ranked sixth in points (77), sixth in goals (28) and eighth in career assists (21).  Following his junior year, he was drafted 11th overall by the Colorado Rapids in the 1997 Major League Soccer (MLS) draft.  Paule played for the Colorado Rapids, NY/NJ Metrostars and Columbus Crew during a lengthy 9 year MLS career, in which he was named twice to MLS All-Star Teams and twice Most Valuable Player for his team in Colorado and Columbus.

"Ross Paule was one of the pioneers of the rebirth of professional soccer in the United States," says Coach Simon, " of the most technically and tactically advanced players our country has produced.  Through his platform of Fellowship of Christian Athletes as FCA Soccer National Director, he has continued to impact the game and millions of youth who play it."

Creighton University is pleased to name Ross Paule to the Athletic Hall of Fame.

"I am so honored to be inducted into the Creighton Hall of  Fame.  My time at Creighton will always be charished.   The people at Creighton made a huge influence on me in my soccer career and in my life. I have had such amazing support in my soccer career from so many people, that I would not have this honor if weren't for them.  I want to specifically say to my Mom and Dad that I am so thankful for your time, energy and sacrifices to provide me with everything I need to be my best.  I never lacked anything from you and am so grateful.  I also want to thank my wife, Laurie Paule.  You have sacrificed so much to help me achieve all my dreams and ambitions, from the beginning of my career to the end and still today.   Without you, none of this would have happenned and I share this honor with you.   I know all I have been given in my life, from my abilities, talents, family, friends, and expiences, is all from God and I thank Him and want to honor Him in all I am and all I do.  Thank you to  everyone in my life who has had a hand in my success of my soccer career and impacting me as a person off the field."