Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 at 4:04 pm  |  9 responses

Greg Paulus Accepts Coaching Job

First he played four years of hoops at Duke. Then he played a year of football at Syracuse. Now the point guard/quarterback is joining the coaching staff at Navy. Hometownannopolis has the story: “Krzyzewski believes strongly that Greg Paulus can continue the tradition of Duke products becoming successful Division I coaches, and that was good enough for Navy head coach Billy Lange. Lange announced yesterday that Paulus has been hired as an assistant coach, filling the vacancy created by Joe Burke’s departure earlier this summer. Paulus was a four-year standout guard for Duke then changed gears and became the starting quarterback for the Syracuse football team last fall while pursuing a master’s degree. ‘Greg is a terrific young man with a great heart. Throughout his career at Duke, he battled injuries and accepted various roles and responsibilities. Greg maintained a positive attitude at all times,’ Krzyzewski said. ‘I’ve always believed that Greg would make an excellent coach since he was an accomplished player in multiple sports and a tough competitor, while possessing a tremendous will to win. In addition to those things, he understands the game at a high level and absorbs everything going on around him.’ Paulus is quite familiar with the Naval Academy since his best friend played lacrosse for the Midshipmen. Paulus and former Navy standout defenseman Andy Tormey, a 2010 graduate, attended Christian Brothers Academy in upstate New York together. In fact, Paulus was on the Annapolis campus last summer visiting with Tormey when he initially made contact with the Navy basketball staff. ‘Greg swung by the office to say hello and express an interest in one day getting into the coaching business. I then saw Greg at the Final Four and invited him to work our camp.’ Paulus was serving as an instructor for Navy basketball camp this summer when Burke accepted the head coaching position at Skidmore. Lange advertised the position and considered other candidates, but ultimately did not have to look far to find his new assistant.”

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  • http://twitter.com/on_ray henry

    good news, a friend of mine is goin to be a freshman this comin year and what a great basketball mind to learn from… even though i dislike him while he was wearing a duke uni

  • total scrotal implosion

    He didnt get a job playing in the nba? You know, these guys going to college for four years really isnt working out, ncaa has got to do something. Did he get his masters in one year at syracuse while playing football?

  • nastierthanu

    I loved paulus. He’s was good for getting dunked on. I wish he played 4 more years. Best of luck to him eventhough now that he played for duke I will hate him for the rest of his career. F kyrie irving

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    thought he was gonna be drafted to the NFL….he could be a starting QB…………..lol

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol but seriously best of luck to the young man

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Coach K is a West Point graduate and former Army coach, and he recommends Paulus as an assistant to their bitter rivals at ANNAPOLIS? Huh? On a side note, as a former Marine who had the pleasure of serving under a few Naval Academy graduates, go Navy!

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    As a Carolina fan, congrats. Always LOVE 2 see Duke guys have success after school, even Boozer lazy a$$.

  • JoeMaMa

    Duke doesn’t prepare great NBA players (or doesn’t live up to their mythical college status), but they churn out those coaches!
    Best of luck, Greg. Coaching is about teaching, relating, and hard work. He busts his ass, he’s young, and he learned from the best. He’ll do well.

  • Skawt

    He should have played football right out of high school instead of bball he was the #1 ranked quarterback coming out of high school with scholarships to every big school why play basketball he was jerry mcnamera 2.0 and as good as he was he couldnt make it in the nba