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Paul Cronin
Head Coach

asdPaul Cronin’s background includes deep and varied business, administrative, and coaching opportunities that will help him oversee not only the varsity team, but also PA’s entire 5 through 12 Girls Soccer Program.

Paul has many years of soccer coaching under his belt. He has coached both boys and girls in club soccer, high school settings, and also private trainings. Paul’s first coaching experience came as an assistant coach working with U17 and U18 girls in the Lakeville Soccer Club and as a goalkeeper trainer, where he would eventually work with beginner, competitive and premier players in the U10-U16 age groups.

Paul’s most recent coaching experience is with the Fusion Soccer Club where he coaches C1 Girls teams.

When asked, why Providence Academy? Paul answered, “The Providence Academy mission resonates with me as a graduate of a similar institution, Lourdes High School in Rochester, MN. Rochester Lourdes is also a college-prep, coeducational community, and prepared me to excel at a major university and global corporations, while staying grounded, rounded, and centered in faith.”

Athletics Director Rick Johns states, “Paul Cronin is an excellent coach who is well prepared and provides a leadership style that champions an attitude, which produces maximum effort by those around him. I am confident that he will bring a new energy, excitement and genuine enthusiasm to Providence Academy soccer.”

Of his appointment Coach Cronin reflects, “I am most looking forward to helping every girl that signs up play better than they thought possible, compete with intensity, develop a life-long love of a sport, and become better, more rounded individuals ready to face life’s challenges. Coaching is a big part of my life and I look forward to sharing my passion for: the sport, the pursuit of excellence, and for life, and inspiring confidence in every player.

Ellen Moran
Varsity Assistant Coach

yhnEllen is a product of Lakeville North High School and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Ellen played soccer gowning up and play in High School at Lakeville North where she was a two-year Section Champion, and two-year State Tournament Participant.  Wanting to continue her soccer career, Ellen committed to Saint Mary's University, where she was a four-year starter and held a captain position

Previous coaching experience include stints with CC United and Dakota Rev.

Ellen graduated from SMU with a major in public relations and a minor in sport business.


Michele Volk

Varsity Assistant Coach

plmMichele graduated in the top 10% of her class at Cardinal O'Hara High School and then matriculated to Franciscan University of Steubenville where she graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts.

Michele played four years of soccer at Cardinal O'Hara and then played four years at Franciscan University. Michele started youth soccer as a defender and forward. Once she reached high school she switched to goalkeeper and pursued that position through high school and college. Michele states, “I'm passionate about goalkeeping and working with young keepers to help them learn the position.”

Michele also played four years of softball at Cardinal O'Hara and then played two years at Franciscan University.

When asked what in your past best prepares you for this new role? Michelle responded, “My college athletic career was really influential for me and has prepared me for coaching. I gained a greater perspective into athletics and what it means to persevere through difficult times. I learned a lot of technical training in college as well and have taken that with me into coaching.”

Michelle continued, “I coach because of what sports gave me throughout my life. Sports helped form me into the person I am today and I want to be able to give some of that back to young people. I want to help give players the tools to succeed but also help them learn life lessons along the way. Athletics can have a huge impact on a player and I hope to foster an environment of positivity, growth, and perseverance. 

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