During his 16 year tenure as head coach of the Bloomsburg University men’s soccer program, Payne has led the Huskies to five PSAC playoff berths, a PSAC Championship appearance in 2011, and a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American in Bryce Shaffer.
Prior to his role at Bloomsburg, Payne was a standout collegiate player at Kutztown University. After graduation, he served as head coach at both Conestoga and Wallenpaupack high schools before becoming an assistant coach with the University of Scranton men’s and women’s teams. In 1995, he was named head coach of the Scranton men’s team.
Payne currently serves as a Senior National Staff Coach for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), as well as the Region II Technical Director for the NSCAA. He holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” License and a NSCAA Premier Coaching Badge. Payne served as the vice-president of Education to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America before serving as president in 2011. In addition, as a member of the Division II Men’s Soccer Committee, Payne serves as Chair of the Northeast Region, and sits as one of eight on the national committee overseeing D-II Men’s Soccer and their national championship.
In 2009, Payne founded Red Card Cancer at Bloomsburg University to help fundraise for cancer research throughout the Pennsylvania college soccer community as tribute to his friend and former colleague, Joe Bochicchio. It was Joe that gave Paul the guidance and direction as a young coach which has helped him grow within the game of soccer. What started out as a small weekend event on the Bloomsburg campus has grown into the international organization that Red Card Cancer is today.