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NCAA Apr 21, 2021

Gonzaga moves on from men’s soccer head coach Paul Meehan

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University Athletic Director Mike Roth announced Wednesday that there will be a change in the leadership of the men’s soccer program. Paul Meehan will not be retained as Head Coach, and Assistant Coach Aaron Lewis will serve in the role for the 2021 season.

“We want to thank Paul for all his efforts over the last three seasons and for the overall eight years he spent on the staff,” Roth said. “Paul is a great person, and we wish him all the best.”

As head coach at GU, Meehan compiled an 8-33-4 record. He joined former Head Coach Einar Thorarinsson’s staff as an assistant coach in the spring of 2013. He came to the Bulldogs after three seasons as the head men’s soccer coach at Corban University in Salem, Ore.

“I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to be a Zag for the last eight years,” Meehan said. “I appreciate the lifelong friendships that have been made with so many coaches, staff members and student-athletes.”

In his eight seasons at GU, Meehan helped coach 20 players that have earned All-WCC honors.

Off of the field, the Zags were recognized for 17 consecutive seasons with the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award, for posting a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Last May, Bulldogs’ men’s soccer earned the NCAA Public Recognition Award.

Gonzaga’s Senior Associate Director of Athletics Shannon Strahl named Lewis as Meehan’s successor. Lewis was named a GU assistant coach heading into the 2019 season. He came to GU after six seasons as the men’s soccer head coach at Corban University.