Posted on November 25, 2015 by Jadene Mah

Outside of Coaching, what is your “day job”? Electrical and Instrumentation Controls Technician What should every person try at least once in their life? Working with youth to empower them and give them confidence to make their own decisions. What brings you the greatest joy? Watching the student athletes succeed on and off the field. …

Coach StoneOutside of Coaching, what is your “day job”?
Electrical and Instrumentation Controls Technician

What should every person try at least once in their life?
Working with youth to empower them and give them confidence to make their own decisions.

What brings you the greatest joy?
Watching the student athletes succeed on and off the field. Seeing them laugh when they show up for training and games. They love being part of the Vikings Athletics programs.

It’s Sunday morning, what are you having for breakfast?
Eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and baked beans

What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Just let them play, it will never be perfect. -Carol Holt, NAIT Women’s Coach

Who do you follow on Twitter?
This is Anfield, Liverpool Football Club

What is on your bookshelf?
Athlete autobiographies, Bobby Orr, Bobby Hull, as much as I hate to admit it, ex Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. He was one of the best. (Just don’t tell Gil.)

What charity/cause do you like to promote?
Anything that involves youth, Centra Cam, Augustana Vikings Women’s Soccer Team.

If you didn’t do what you do for a living, what would you be?
I would’ve loved to have been a pilot. Looking back when I graduated, I should’ve joined the Canadian Air Force and given it a go. No regrets though. I love what I do at work.

What is one item on your bucket list?
Play golf at The Old Course, St. Andrews.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People who don’t clean up after their dogs, especially on my soccer field.

Tea or coffee?
Coffee, 1 cream

What item in your closet do you wear the most?
Vikings Women’s Soccer golf shirts. I’m a walking billboard for Augustana.

Who have been your greatest influences as a coach?
Probably my father. He loved to coach youth soccer when I was growing up, and even right up to his passing last week, he was still telling me how to coach. HAHA!!! Thanks, Dad.

Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?
Greg Norman (Golfer), Steven Gerrard (ex-Liverpool Player), Princess Diana, Dave Drabiuk for his great sense of humour.

What is your weirdest habit?
I should probably get my wife to answer this, or maybe not……

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
My 2 daughters

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Deep down, I’m a big softy.

What’s the best thing about Augustana Campus?
The Vikings Athletic Department. I never got a chance to play varsity sports. I’m very envious of these athletes to be able to play a sport they love and still get a great education. One of our jobs as coaches is to provide a place that these athletes can express themselves away from their studies. Healthy body = a healthy mind. Sustainability must be found to keep the department going. I love being a Vikings coach.

Why should get Camrosians excited about Soccer?
Soccer is the most participated sport in Canada. This was true even when I was playing the game. Don’t get me wrong, I love all sports and would never knock another sport that kids can participate in and stay healthy. Outside of Canada and the US, soccer (of football as it’s known everywhere else) is king pin in the sporting world.

What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
How un-coachable I was when I was playing soccer. Ya I know, don’t laugh………..

Anything to add?
I am very thankful to be given the opportunity to coach at the varsity level. The women that I coach make me laugh everyday we are on the pitch. It’s therapy for me away from my work. As much as a grind the season is from August to the end of October, the joy I get out of it is worth it. The other coaches in the Athletic department are amazing people and so supportive of one another and I hope it stays that way. We are all in this for one reason, that’s to provide a positive university experience for the students as they move towards their goal of a degree from the U of A. I’m very fortunate to be part of their experience.

Paul Stone started playing soccer when he was 5. By the age of 16, he was playing in Division 2 of the Vancouver Men’s Metro League. He played competitive Men’s Division 1 and Premier League soccer until he was 34. He started coaching after he moved to Camrose in 2004 and his daughter took interest in the sport.


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