Greg Paulus Accepts Coaching Job

by August 04, 2010

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.”