Dave Paulsen

Dave Paulsen (born September 14, 1964)

Current position: Assistant men’s basketball coach
Current team: Fordham Rams (Head coach: Keith Urgo)
Current conference: Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10)
Teams coached: St. Lawrence Saints, Le Moyne Dolphins, Williams Ephs, Bucknell Bison, George Mason Patriots
St. Lawrence record^: 50–28 (.641)
Le Moyne record^: 42–39 (.519)
Williams record^: 170–53 (.762)
Bucknell record: 134-94 (.588)
George Mason record: 95-91 (.511)
Overall record^: 491-305 (.617)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (2011, 2013)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  2  (2012, 2015)
  • CBI Appearances:  1  (2017)
  • Patriot League Regular Season Champion:  4  (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
  • NESCAC (Div III) Regular Season Champion:  2  (2003, 2004)
  • UCAA (Div III) Regular Season Champion:  1  (1997)
  • Patriot League Tournament Champion:  2  (2011, 2013)
  • NESCAC (Div III) Tournament Champion:  2  (2003, 2004, 2007)
  • NCAA Division III National Championships:  1  (2003)   
  • NCAA Division III Tournament Appearances:  6  (1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007)
  • NCAA Division III Tournament Final Four:  2  (2003, 2004)

Awards:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2022-present Fordham (asst)
2021-2022 Fordham (advisor)
2015-2021 George Mason
2008-2015 Bucknell
2000-2008 Williams
1997-2000 Le Moyne
1994-1997 St. Lawrence
1990-1994 Cleveland State (asst)
1989-1990 Michigan (asst)
1988-1989 Williams (asst)

Dave Paulsen Facts

  • Dave Paulsen
  • Born September 14, 1964
  • Hometown: Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Alma Mater: Williams College (BA, 1987) / University of Michigan (MA, 1990)
  • Was an assistant for one season under Harry Sheehy at D-III Hamilton, then moved up to the D-I level where he worked at Michigan for one season under Steve Fisher and at Cleveland State for four seasons under Mike Boyd
  • Spent fourteen seasons as a head coach at the D-III level, with stints at St. Lawrence (50-28 over three seasons), Le Moyne (42-39 over three) and back at Williams College (170-53 in eight seasons)
  • Returned to Division I in 2008 as the head coach at Bucknell
    • Won 134 games and went to the postseason four times (2 NCAA, 2 NIT) in seven years
    • Recruited and coached 2x Patriot League POY and 2013 NBA Draft pick Mike Muscala
  • Hired in March 2015 as the new head coach at George Mason
    • Took the Patriots to the 2017 CBI in his second season
    • In March 2021, Paulsen was fired after six seasons at the helm; was 95-91 overall
  • Paulsen spent the 2021-22 as a special advisor to Kyle Neptune at Fordham and then in June 2022 was elevated to assistant coach with the Rams by new head coach Keith Urgo
  • Along with his wife, Kathy, has three daughters

Dave Paulsen Coaching Tree

 

^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III levels

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