Dave Paulsen hired as Holy Cross head coach
Fordham assistant Dave Paulsen hired to be the new head coach at Holy Cross. Paulsen was previously the head coach at George Mason, Bucknell, Williams, Le Moyne and St. Lawrence and has an overall record of 491-305 across all collegiate levels.
“Throughout our search process it became even more clear what a special opportunity Holy Cross represents in the basketball community,” AD Kit Hughes said in a statement. “I want to thank all of the coaches who expressed interest in our position, as well as our student-athletes, alumni and community members whose perspective has helped to shape our vision for the future. I could not be more excited to announce Dave Paulsen as the new leader of Crusader men’s basketball. Dave has the first-hand experience necessary to build upon our championship tradition at Holy Cross, and I am eager to support him in returning our program back to the top of the Patriot League.”
This is a return to the Patriot League for Paulsen, having had a ton of success during his seven-year tenure at Bucknell. He led the Bison to four Patriot League titles, two NCAA Tournaments and two NITs, winning Patriot League COY honors three times.
“I am thrilled to be named the head basketball coach at Holy Cross,” Paulsen said. “I have the greatest respect and admiration for the College, its commitment to excellence academically and athletically, and the Jesuit mission of Cura Personalis. Holy Cross basketball is one of the most tradition-rich programs in the nation, and I am honored to join a program where so many greats have played and coached.”
Holy Cross moved on from previous head coach Brett Nelson earlier this month after four disappointing seasons. It’s been seven years since the program last reached the NCAA Tournament and sixteen since their last league title.
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