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Placer United Coach Replaces Granite Bay Boys Soccer's Fischer

06/17/2015 04:51PM ● Published by Kevin

New Granite Bay High School boys soccer head coach Paul O'Brien (left). Photo courtesy of Placer United.

Granite Bay High School has announced the hiring of Paul O’Brien, who will be just the second soccer coach in school history, replacing 19-year, nationally recognized head coach Steve Fischer.

The program 
began in 1996 and was one of the most successful coaches in Sac-Joaquin Section history.

O'Brien has been a part of the Placer United staff since 1998. Below are his credentials, courtesy of Placer United's website.


  • USSF National B License
  • USSF National C License
  • NSCAA Goal Keeping 1 – Diploma
  • NSCAA Goal Keeping 2 – Diploma

Coaching Experience

  • MLS Player Combine Assistant Coach, Florida (2013)
  • San Jose Earthquakes Regional Center Coach (2010-2013)
  • CDA USSF Academy Coach (2009-2011)
  • Placer United Soccer Club (1999-Present)
  • Hibernians Soccer Club, SoCal (1990-1999)
  • Dunseedy United F.C., Ireland (1987-1990)
  • 2008 ODP Boys 95 State Team Coach
  • District 6 87 Boys: Coach 2001
  • District 6 88 Boys: Coach 2002
  • District 6 91 Boys: Coach 2004
  • Del Oro High School (2003-2009)

Administrative Experience

  • Placer United Director of Soccer Operations (2014-present)
  • Placer United: Boys Coaching Director (2006-2014)
  • CDA USSF Academy Coaching Director (2010-2011)
  • Placer United: Vice Manager (2004-2009)
To read more about the hire and Fischer's departure, read this story in The Press Tribune.

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