by Empire Strykers

[Empire, 7/3/23] – The Empire Strykers proudly announce the appointment of Paul Wright as the new head coach of the club. With a remarkable track record and a wealth of experience, Wright's arrival signifies an exciting new chapter in the club's history, emphasizing its commitment to success and development both on and off the field.

Wright brings with him an extensive professional soccer career spanning 25 years, encompassing achievements in both England and the USA. In 1988, he played as a forward for the San Diego Sockers, a team that secured an impressive seven championships during Wright's tenure. Following that, Wright was drafted by the Kansas City Wizards in 1996 to the MLS, where he played four seasons.

In 1998, he became a speed consultant for the Baltimore Ravens, where he contributed his unique insights and knowledge to the realm of American football. In 2003, Wright embarked on a new venture by founding "Speed to Burn," a specialized training program designed to enhance the performance of high-level athletes in high school, college, and professional sports. His cross-disciplinary experience and commitment to helping athletes reach their full potential through targeted training methods exemplifies his dedication to the development of individuals and teams alike.

Notably, in 2021, Wright took another step towards making a difference by establishing the non-profit organization "Matters Athletic." With a focus on serving underprivileged youth, the mission of Matters Athletic is to empower young students and athletes, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that 100% of its students will have the opportunity to attend college or trade school and participate in sports. This philanthropic initiative underscores Wright's values and his commitment to making a positive impact in society and his community.

“I am honored and excited to take on the Head Coaching Job for a team that has such potential and an organization that is so committed to its community. I am a Stryker now and part of The Empire!” - Paul Wright

With his remarkable background and unwavering dedication, Paul Wright embodies the qualities the Empire Strykers seek in a leader to propel the club to new heights. As the new Head Coach, he is poised to instill a winning mentality, foster a culture of excellence, build a cohesive team dynamic, develop players, and guide the team towards championship glory. His passion for the sport, combined with his extensive experience and commitment to player development, will undoubtedly shape the future of the Empire Strykers.

"We are thrilled to welcome Paul Wright as our new Head Coach," said managing partner, Jeff Burum. "His exceptional career, both as a player and in various coaching capacities, reflects a deep understanding of the game and a relentless pursuit of excellence. We believe that under Paul's guidance, the Empire Strykers will achieve new levels of success and bring pride to our loyal fan base."