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Phone: (516) ***-****  HQ Phone
333 Earle Ovington Blvd. Suite 502
Uniondale , New York 11553
United States


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  • B.S. , Kinesiology
    The College of William and Mary
  • M.B.A.
    Adelphi University
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SAFE: Student-Athlete Financial Education, 26 July 2014 [cached]
Paul Grafer, Director
P. (516)750-3908 F. (516)542-5912
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Paul Grafer
SAFE 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. Paul 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. He was inducted into the college's Hall of Fame in 2007.
Paul 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.
Throughout his career, Paul has served various organizations in leadership, advisory, or consulting positions. He 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 P. (516)750-3908 F. (516)542-5912
Coaching Staff | Chivas USA, 9 Mar 2015 [cached]
Paul Grafer, Goalkeeper Coach
Former six-year Major League Soccer veteran Paul Grafer joined Chivas USA in mid-February as the team's goalkeeper coach. The 39-year-old arrives to the Goats' staff after nearly five years in the same capacity with the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team and four years as a FIFA Instructor.
A College of William & Mary product, Grafer joined MLS in the League's inception in 1996 when he was drafted by the Colorado Rapids in the Second Round of the College Draft. He went on to play six seasons with the Rapids and the Metrostars.
Grafer also spent three seasons with the Long Island Rough Riders (1996, 2000 & 2005), where he ended his professional career.
In 2010, after earning his U.S. Soccer Federation "A" License, Grafer became a FIFA Instructor, helping design and implement the international FIFA Goalkeeping Program.
In 2012, when Cabrera joined the Rapids as an assistant coach, Grafer left the fields to join Student Athlete Financial Education (SAFE), an innovative financial education and career development program designed for college student-athletes by former NFL player and Hall of Famer Donald McPherson.
Since then, Grafer has utilized his education and sports experience to support SAFE and Athletes Helping Athletes, Inc., a New York based non-profit organization that addresses complex social issues through the power and appeal of sports.
Institute for International Sport - National Sportsmanship Day, 13 Oct 2004 [cached]
College/University - Paul Grafer, graduate student, Adelphi University (Garden City, NY) - Leading by example, 16 Nov 2005 [cached]
Paul Grafer, coordinator of the program, and a sports leadership professor at Adelphi, said the ultimate goal of the program is to have athletes use leadership in sports to make social change.
"We try to count on our students as being part of the solution," Grafer said.
The 23 Millbrook students participating in the program were selected after applying to be involved.
KCRW Arts & Culture: The Score, 3 Mar 2005 [cached]
A business student at Adelphi University in Garden City, New Jersey, Paul Grafer, won the university division of the contest.Grafer wrote: "When you make conscious decisions, rooted in your belief of the value of all human beings, you will experience and exhibit good sportsmanship."
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