College Basketball Nation: Greg Paulus

Hey, there's Greg Paulus!

May, 27, 2011
The Duke coaching tree -- which is composed entirely of former Mike Krzyzewski players and assistant coaches -- hasn't fared well recent years. Quin Snyder was once the posterboy, but that took a drastic turn for the worse. Tommy Amaker never got Michigan on track. Jeff Capel appeared ascendant at Oklahoma -- Blake Griffin was really good -- only to resign and return to Duke amidst the wreckage of two ugly seasons and an ongoing NCAA investigation into the program. At this point, Mike Brey is the most successful branch on the Coach K oak, and none have come anywhere close to their mentor's success at the collegiate levels.

Alas, coaching hope springs eternal in the careers of young men. And yes, I'm talking about Greg Paulus, the 2009 Duke graduate, point guard and former Syracuse quarterback, who entertained dreams of a career in professional football before returning to the college game as an assistant coach at Navy last August. After a year coaching up the Midshipmen, Paulus has taken a new gig: video coordinator for the Ohio State men's basketball team.

Paulus isn't exactly in line to take over at a high-major program anytime soon, but at 24, the former point guard is already making a sturdy climb up the college coaching ranks. So, hey, maybe Paulus is the next great member of the Duke coaching tree? There's a long way to go before Brey status becomes reachable, but the mantle is always up for grabs.

Greg Paulus now a coach

August, 2, 2010
Former Duke guard Greg Paulus has been quite busy since he walked off the hardwood as a senior at Duke.

In 2009, sudden, unexpected interest from NFL teams got the former Parade All-American quarterback interested in football again; he parlayed that interest into a relatively successful one-year stint as a quarterback at Syracuse. After visiting the New Orleans Saints' camp this offseason, Paulus ended up leaving football behind.

What's next for the sport-crossing Bo Jackson of his Duke era? Professional baseball? A turn on the PGA Tour? OK, not so much: Paulus has been focusing his efforts on finding a college coaching gig, and it seems those efforts have paid off: The former guard was hired by Navy head coach Billy Lange to become an assistant at the Naval Academy. Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman has the story:
"I’m excited to get started and help out the team in any way I can,” Paulus said. "This is a great opportunity for me to learn from a great coach in Coach Lange."

"I want to thank Coach K (Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski) and all he’s done to help me,” Paulus added. "I plan to utilize my experience at Duke and Syracuse to help me at Navy."

Paulus is merely the latest in Coach K's extensive coaching tree. Those coaches range from the successful (Mike Brey, Jeff Capel) to the less so (Quin Snyder) to those on which the jury is still out (Tommy Amaker, Johnny Dawkins). It will be interesting to see which path Paulus' career takes; either way, it would be surprising if Paulus didn't advance up the coaching tree in the years to come.