Paul O'Donnell

Position: , Director of Coaching
Paul O'Donnell



Glasgow, Scotland


Columbia University B.A.

Coaching credentials

(2016) French Football Federation Elite Formation Coaching License (EFCL) in conjunction with MLS
(2008) USSF A License

Coaching history

New York Red Bulls Academy Head Coach (2003-2021)
New York Red Bulls Academy Manager (2002-2009)
New York Red Bulls Interim Academy Director (2016-2017)
Co-Founded NY / NJ Metrostars Academy (2003)
Iona College Men’s Soccer Assistant Coach (2004-2005)
Kinnelon High School Head Boys Soccer Coach (1996-2003)
Kinnelon Celtic Girls U17 Head Coach (1997-2003)
North Jersey Imperials (USL) DIrector of Youth Development (1997-2001)
North Jersey Imperials (USL) Assistant Coach (2000-2001)
New Jersey ODP Area Select Head Coach (1998-1999)
Kearny Thistle U19 Head Coach (1996)

Coaching philosophy

Getting to the next level – meeting each player where they are and improving their level of play while instilling a passion for the game of football. Individual player development and team development is about focusing on the daily process and details required to improve.


Developed over 20 Homegrown players signed by New York Red Bulls 1st team / Developed over 50 players that have played professionally in the United States, Europe & South America / 2018 New York Red Bulls U17 MLS Generation Adidas Cup Premier Division Finalist / 2013 U18 New York Red Bulls US Soccer Development Academy Champions / 2005 U16 Metrostars Super Y League North American Champions / 2004 & 2005 Metrostars NJ State Cup Champions / 2005 Metrostars Region I League Champions / 1996 Kearny Thistle U19 State Cup Runners Up

Non-soccer passion/hobby

Spending time with family and cooking.

Favorite club

Glasgow Celtic & Liverpool

Favorite book

Say Nothing – Patrick Radden Keefe

Favorite movie


Favorite song

You’ll Never Walk Alone (at Celtic Park!)

A good coach is one who helps his players maximize or discover their potential. That is his principal function.

— Marcelo Bielsa, Argentina and Chile coach