Paul Cantrell
Paul Cantrell
Title: Director of Athletics & Head Volleyball Coach
Phone: 361-354-2721
Email: [email protected]

Paul Cantrell brings a wealth of athletic administrative and volleyball coaching experience to the Cougars having been involved in collegiate sports for over 25 years. He was most recently a part of the staff at Alamo Volleyball Association in San Antonio, TX, but has coached at the NCAA Division I, Division II, and Division III levels; as well as the USCAA, NAIA, USAV and High Schools levels. His most recent collegiate stop, Cantrell was the head coach at Berea College (KY) and led the team to the program's first winning season and its most wins while taking them to the USCAA National Championship Tournament and a 5th place finish.  

Cantrell was also the head coach at NCAA Division II Valdosta State University (GA) from 1994 until 2001 where he resurrected a program dormant for 15 years and amassed a 132–70 record (including 83-23 [.783] in the last three seasons).  He has served as an assistant at the NCAA Division I level with Morehead State University (KY) (1991-1992) and Fairfield University (CT) (2001-2002), where the Stags captured the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Championships.

Additionally, Cantrell has served as USAV Juniors coach in Kentucky, coached Men’s Collegiate Club Volleyball in Connecticut, and served as the Commissioner of New England Collegiate Volleyball League, one of the largest men’s collegiate club volleyball conferences in the nation, representing 45 programs stretching from Maine to New York City. While leading the NECVL, Cantrell helped found the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCFV), the national governing body for men's and women's collegiate club programs.  Cantrell has completed his USA Volleyball IMPACT and Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) I and II certifications. He is also a PAVO, USAV and NFHS certified volleyball official

Administratively, has served as the Academic Coordinator during his days at Valdosta State, served as the Assistant Director of Recreation / Director of Sport Clubs while at Fairfield University. The FU Sport Club teams had the 7th largest budget per capita in the nation under his tenure. From Connecticut, Cantrell headed the athletic fund-raising efforts at Salisbury University in Maryland. While a part of the staff at Salisbury University, he was a member of the Taking Excellence to New Heights Campaign that raised more than $2,000,000 for Sea Gull Athletics. From there Cantrell took on the role of Sports Information Director at Berea College, where launched Berea’s first ever “.com” website.