Coach PAUL GALLAGHER
Director of Coaching - Girls
'02, '05, and '06 Girl's Coach
'02 Boy's Coach
Paul was born in Dublin Ireland. He grew up playing soccer in the Dublin Schoolboy League for clubs such as Belvedere F.C. and St Malachy’s F.C. were he won numerous league titles and tournament championships. Soccer was always part of daily life; his family was and still is, deeply immersed in the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and player/ coach development programs in youth clubs in the Dublin City area.
In 1993, while on vacation in Jamaica he met his wife Laura. In 1994 he came to America, got married and settled in Tarrant Co. Texas. Immediately his passion for the game and his “player development” focused style of coaching made him one of the most sought after skills trainers in North Texas. In 1995 he was hired by Alliance S.C. as their Director of Coaching where he coached select teams in the Lake Highlands, Arlington Premier and Plano Premier Leagues.
In 2000 Paul lead the formation of Odyssey Soccer Club in Keller, Texas. In 2005 he formed Odyssey Soccer Academy, a technically skilled program designed to prepare young players for Select soccer in North Texas. As Director of Coaching he has brought experienced and accredited coaches to Odyssey Soccer’s coaching staff. Now the Odyssey coaching staff trains 300 players from U6 – U18, playing in various top select and academy leagues in DFW.
Paul has always been a student of the game, annually attending conventions and symposiums on the latest training methods for youth players. Since coming to North Texas he has taken and been awarded;
- United States Soccer Federation National 'C' license (1998)
- National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA, 2000)
- United States Soccer Federation National 'B' license (2002)
- Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (2005)
- Premier Diploma ('A' license) from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (2007)
- NSCAA Convention attendee (2005-2013)
- NSCAA "Director of Coaching" Certification (2014)
Along with his duties as DOC with Odyssey SC, Paul commits time to work with the North Texas ODP selection program and as a Staff coach at North Texas’ coach education programs, presenting coaching licenses to recreational associations in the DFW area. He also conducts skills training and coach education programs with Strikezone Soccer, a revolutionary new training system he invented and designed with his Dad, Paddy.
He currently lives in Southlake Texas with his wife Laura, and two children - Justine and Carson.
Paul Gallagher can be contacted at 817-480-4625 or emailed at DOC@odysseysoccer.com