Worcester, Mass. – Former four-year standout Gabby Paolini has been named a graduate assistant coach with the Clark University women's soccer program it was announced by head coach Brie Smith and confirmed by Director of Athletics and Recreation, Trish Cronin.
Paolini will assist in all aspects of the program including, recruiting, practice planning and student-athlete development.
"I am very excited to be able to come back as a graduate student and assist in any way possible to continue to improve and grow the program," Paolini said. "It is great to be able to stay involved and connected to the program and I can't wait to see how this season unfolds."
Paolini spent four years in between the pipes for the Cougars (2012-15), registering more than 400 saves and 11 career shutouts. She started all 73 games of her career, finishing with a 2.01 goals against average and more than 6500 minutes in goal.
In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Paolini excelled in the classroom and the community. In the classroom, Paolini was a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection (2013, 2014 and 2015) and made the Dean's List in five of her eight semesters as an undergraduate.
On campus, Paolini was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), served as the key organizer for Midnight Mayhem, working closely with athletics administration, clubs and groups to put together the first collegiate basketball game of the season which tipped off at 12:01 AM on Friday, November 13.
Her passion for cheering on other teams was chronicled in a Worcester Telegram & Gazette article on "Super Fans" at local colleges and universities. Paolini, who also served as an admissions tour guide, earned both the Pat Hassett Award (2015) and the Senior Class Award (2016).
A 2016 graduate of Clark University with a degree in business management, Paolini is pursuing her master's degree in the University's fifth-year accelerated MBA program.