Paul Grafer, Director
After spending four years serving the United States Soccer Federation as a coach of the Under-17 National Soccer Team, Paul Grafer returned to Long Island, New York in 2012 as Director of the SAFE Project.
oversees all day to day operations of SAFE, including the design and development of programmatic content, implementation, evaluation, marketing, sales and communications.
Paul began his career in student athlete support services as a trainer for Athletes Helping Athletes in 2001 and continued as Program Coordinator for the Student Athlete Leadership Team Program in 2004.
From 2004 to 2007 at the Sports Leadership Institute
, Mr. Grafer
implemented programs emphasizing leadership and character development in over 40 school districts in the New York Metropolitan area.
He managed a professional training staff of amateur and professional athletes, coaches, educators, counselors and collegiate student-athletes.
He also served as an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University, teaching sports management and physical education courses on leadership development.
Paul played eight years of professional soccer for the NY/NJ Metrostars, Colorado Rapids and Long Island Rough Riders.
A graduate of The College of William and Mary, he
received All-American and Student-Athlete of the Year honors in 1997.
was inducted into the college's Hall of Fame in 2007.
has coached at the club, collegiate and U.S. Youth National Team level.
He currently coaches at the Long Island Junior Soccer League's Player Development Program, serves on the United States Goalkeeping Education Committee and is a FIFA Instructor for its international Goalkeeping Development Program.
has served various organizations in leadership, advisory, or consulting positions.
adjudicated player, coach and staff behavior while on the Major League
Soccer Disciplinary Committee.
He served as an Executive Coach and Organizational Development Consultant for CorpTalk, LLC.
Paul has volunteered at Safe Horizon Mediation Center and was a founding member on the Advisory Board of the GET.A.VOICE Project, a character education program which addresses bullying and promotes respectful language in schools.
Committed to raising awareness around issues of fair play in sport, he
won USA Today's
2005 Sportsmanship Essay Contest.
Paul holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from The College of William and Mary and earned an M.B.A. at Adelphi University in 2007.
He is certified as a Mediator by Columbia Law School's Mediation Clinic and is a USSF "A" Licensed Coach.
Paul Grafer, Director