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Women’s Soccer Coaching Staff

Published or Revised April 11, 2024

Head Women's Soccer Coach Paul Burns

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Paul Burns

Paul Burns enters his second year with the Dragons at PJC as Head Women's Soccer Coach after leading them to the most wins in school history with the most player selections to the All Conference and All Region teams.

Previously, he spent eight seasons as the associate head coach for Texas A&M University-Commerce, bringing him to a total of over 20 years of coaching and teaching experience.

The Lions qualified four times for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament during Burns' eight years, including two times making the round of 16. Four players were named All-American, including Vicky Back, who was the first A&M-Commerce player in history to be named a First Team All-American.

During the 2016 season, the Lions went 15-6-1 and won the regular season Lone Star Conference (LSC) Championship. They qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament and advanced into the Sweet 16. Savannah Grasser and Vicky Back were named All-Americans, with Back named to three different First Team All-America lists. In addition, Back was named LSC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year and Grasser was named Forward of the Year. Back and Grasser were named Scholar All-Americans as well.

In 2015 the team finished the year 13-6-2 and was the LSC postseason Tournament Champions, with Grasser and Back again named All-Americans. During the 2014 season, the team finished 16-5-1 and won the regular season and postseason championships and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Grasser was named LSC Player of the Year.

Burns spent the previous 17 seasons as the head coach at Austin College in Sherman, building the Kangaroo program from scratch. He compiled a 176-117-26 (.592) record while leading Austin College to three NCAA tournament berths, the 2000 American Southwest Conference championship and four-straight east division titles.

During his time in Sherman, Burns' players accounted for over 100 All-Conference and Academic All-Conference honors. He helped guide the 'Roos to 14-straight winning seasons as well as success in the classroom as his teams consistently boasted a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Prior to starting the program at Austin College, Burns spent one season at Stephen's College in Columbia, Missouri, where he also started the Stars' soccer program. He holds his "A" License from the United States Soccer Federation as well as his premier license from the National Soccer Coaches of America.

Burns earned his undergraduate degree in Sports and Recreation Studies from Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom. There he was an accomplished player, helping lead Staffordshire to the National Finals. Burns went on to earn his master's degree in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Missouri.

Burns' wife Holly is a school administrator at the elementary level and the couple have two children, Jade and McKinlee. He remains active on the pitch, competing in the Dallas Men's Outdoor Premier Soccer League.

Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

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Cameron Rodriguez

Cameron Rodriguez enters her first year with the Dragons as Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach. Previously, she spent a year at Garden City Community College, leading them to their first play-off berth in 13 years. They also made school history by winning the first ever Quarter Final Regional Match against the eleventh-ranked national team, Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Rodriguez earned her Associates Degree in General Studies from Hutchinson Community College. There she was an accomplished player, earning KJCCC All-Conference First Team in her freshman and sophomore years. Rodriguez then transferred to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. There she was named to the NCAA Southwest Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team, and has graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice, as well as her Master's in Business Administration.

Prior to attending college, Rodriguez graduated from Odessa High School in Odessa, Texas. There she played soccer and as a freshman earned Defensive player of the year and was named to the All District 2-6A First Team in her sophomore, junior, and senior years.