Paul Jobson is much more than an assistant coach to those who know the Northern Illinois women's soccer program. Among his duties are serving as the program's day-to-day administrator, planning and structuring practices and organizing summer camps. In addition, he serves as the team's head coach when wife Marci Miller Jobson is away training or competing for the U.S. National Team.
Prior to the 2007 season, Jobson was promoted to associate head coach after leading the Huskies for 13 games during the 2006 season while Marci donned the Red, White and Blue.
The work of the Jobsons at NIU is just part of their special partnership. Beyond being husband and wife, Paul and Marci have worked together with the Atlanta Beat of the WUSA and with various youth soccer programs throughout the state of Georgia.
More than just her No. 1 fan, Jobson is also the first person to step in when Miller's U.S. Women's National Team career takes her away from the Huskies.
That teamwork and Jobson's extensive and varied background in soccer was why Miller's first step as the new NIU boss was to hire him as her assistant.
"He's produced results while coaching young women at many levels. I just don't believe I could find anyone with his skills and the same passion for the game," Miller Jobson insisted.
The Atlanta, Ga. native was a three-year letterman at Presbyterian College in South Carolina and was a member of the squad which made the school's first NCAA Division II championship appearance. The Blue Hose compiled a 17-3-1 ledger that included the South Atlantic Conference regular season and postseason tourney championships.
Jobson helped Presbyterian to a 15-4-3 mark and regular season and conference tournament titles during the 1996 campaign. The following season, he was part of a team that notched 11 victories before opting to begin his coaching career as a senior.
During his senior season at PC, Jobson served as a student assistant coach while finishing his bachelor's degree in accountancy in 1999. Upon graduation, Jobson moved into a role as assistant men's soccer coach and assistant sports information director at Presbyterian until he left to work for his family's business a year later.
In 2002, Jobson resumed his work in soccer when he took a position with the Atlanta Beat of the WUSA (women's professional soccer league). In his role with the team, Jobson was able to work in many different facets of the soccer world, including promotion, youth soccer development and game day operations. Jobson's duties with the Beat ranged from serving as an account executive to being program director for youth player development, co-producer of the Atlanta Beat Road Show, and manager of the ajcjobs.com kickback zone. There he also met his future bride, Marci Miller, who was playing for the team.
Throughout his soccer experiences, Jobson turned sports administration duties into his specialty, routinely taking on the tasks of fund-raising, budgets and camps.
Originally from Conyers, Ga. and a graduate of Salem High School, Jobson has also served as the Soccer Director and Program Supervisor for the Snellville (Ga.) Parks and Recreation Department as well as the Athletic Coordinator for Recreation and Select Soccer for the Alpharetta (Ga.) Recreation and Parks Department.
In 2005, Jobson served as the junior varsity soccer coach at Milton High School in Alpharetta, where he guided one of the best JV programs in the state of Georgia.
Immediately prior to coming to Northern Illinois, Jobson served as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Youth Soccer Association. In 2005, Jobson earned his USSF National `B' license.