During a soccer career that has spanned over a half century, Paul Mott has been actively involved in all phased of the soccer game.
A player, coach, referee, administrator and World Cup volunteer, Paul has been active as a player and as a behind –the-scenes soccer supporter. Currently the Director of Alumni Relations at the Lawrenceville School in Mercer County, Paul is a 1947 Lawrenceville grad who had an outstanding athletic career.
As a player he excelled at the high school, college and amateur club level in leagues in the U.S. and Europe. As a referee or linesman he officiated over 1,000 games in his career – from youth leagues through the professional ranks.
One of the first five people in the U.S. to obtain the National Referee badge, Paul was also one of the first in the U.S. to receive the State Referee Instructor badge. He served six years as referee administrator for the N.J. Youth Soccer Association and in 1987 received the Tobiens Award for the greatest contributions to the referee program in New Jersey. He was inducted to the N.J. Youth Soccer Hall of Fame in 1990.
Paul established the statewide administrative program for youth referees, and along with his colleagues launched the first referee school in New Jersey. Along with his fellow referee administrators Paul helped organize, manage and teach an average of 10 referee schools annually in New Jersey for a 10-year period. During that span several hundred referees and coaches graduated from the training program.
Paul also managed and taught New Jersey referee instructor and referee assessor courses, a model program that was soon adopted nationally. Along with his colleagues Paul wrote and administered the first referee instructor and assessor examinations, which also became models for subsequent use nationally.
A member of the USSF National Referee Committee for three years, he attended USSF annual general meetings and conducted referee clinics in New York, Milwaukee and Tulsa. In 1994 he was a World Cup volunteer, working to help the U.S. host the greatest World Cup ever.
In 1999 Paul received the Distinguished Alumnus Award given by the prestigious Lawrenceville School. Hi son Paul, also a Lawrence grad, was the former assistant general manager of the Dallas Burn of MLS for three years. He now works with MLS, having served as game coordinator for the All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio and MLS Cup held in Washington last month.