Paul Graham

Paul Graham (born March 11, 1951)

Teams coached: Washington State Cougars, Georgia State Panthers
Washington State record: 31-79 (.282)
Georgia State record: 1-1 (.500)
Overall record: 32-80 (.286)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2011 Georgia State (interim HC)
2007-2011 Georgia State (asst)
2003-2007 Colorado (asst)
1999-2003 Washington State
1992-1999 Oklahoma State (asst)
1990-1992 New Mexico (asst)
1982-1990 SMU (asst)

Paul Graham Facts

  • Paul Graham
  • Born March 11, 1951
  • Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas
  • Alma Mater: North Texas State University (BS, 1974) / Prairie View A&M University (M.Ed, 1979)
  • Was all-state and won a state title at Sumner HS (KS) before attending North Texas for college
    • Was a hurdler in college and qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championships
  • Started his coaching career at Justin F. Kimball HS in Dallas, coaching the boys’ basketball team 1974-82
    • Compiled an impressive overall record of 111-40 in eight seasons at the helm
  • Moved up to the college ranks in 1982, spending the next 17 years as a Division I assistant coach
    • Worked under Dave Bliss at SMU for six years and at New Mexico for two years, under John Shumate for two years at SMU in between, and under HOFer Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State for seven seasons
    • In total, Graham was part of nine NCAA Tournaments (including OSU’s Final Four appearance in 1995) over those years
  • Hired in 1999 to be the head coach at Washington State, leading the Cougars for four seasons
    • Did not have much success at Wazzu, going just 31-79 overall and finishing in the bottom half of the Pac-10 each year
  • Moved on to Colorado after getting fired, working as an assistant there for four seasons under Ricardo Patton
  • Joined Rod Barnes‘ staff at Georgia State in 2007, assisting there for Barnes’ full four-year tenure
    • Served as interim head coach for the 2011 CAA Tournament following Barnes’ dismissal, going 1-1 at the helm
  • Hired in 2011 to be the head boys’ basketball coach at Skyline HS in Dallas, TX
  • Along with his wife, Vanessa, has one son and one daughter

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