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Paulus Signs Extension/ 4 OOC games TBA

Postby Suge » Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:42 pm

Extension takes him through the 24-25 season. Fingers crossed he stays long enough to see the contract mature. If not, hope NU protected themselves with a nice buyout.
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Re: Paulus Signs Extension

Postby Eagle » Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:54 pm

Very good, Paulus is a very good coach.
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Re: Paulus Signs Extension

Postby le » Tue Oct 13, 2020 8:56 pm

Yup no brainer. GP is the real deal !
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Re: Paulus Signs Extension

Postby Eagle » Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:06 pm


Niagara University extends Greg Paulus’ contract


by: Mary Margaret Johnson
Oct 13, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Niagara men’s basketball head coach Greg Paulus has received a contract extension keeping him with the Purple Eagles through the 2024-25 season, Niagara University Director of Athletics Simon Gray announced on Tuesday.

In Paulus’ inaugural season as head coach, the Purple Eagles posted a 12-20 record and a win over Marist College in the MAAC Championship tournament, Niagara’s first win in the MAAC Championships since 2017.

Paulus’s achievements were also recognized on a national scale this year. He received the 2019-20 Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year award, given to the top first-year head coach in NCAA Division I college basketball.

“It is a privilege to be the head men’s basketball coach at Niagara University,” Greg Paulus said. “I am grateful for the continued commitment and support from Father Maher and Simon Gray. We will continue working to enrich the lives of our student-athletes on and off the court to make Niagara University, the community, and alumni proud.”

The Purple Eagles ranked statistically in the top-25 in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (10.6), fewest total turnovers (338), turnover margin (3.3), and 3-point field goal percentage (.372), while leading the MAAC in all four categories. Niagara had the best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.13) in the MAAC as well. ... CAk&uact=5

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Greg Paulus, Niagara agree on contract extension to keep him men’s basketball coach through 2024-25
Updated Oct 13, 2020;

One of the top athletes in Central New York history received a contract extension that could keep him as the men's basketball coach through 2024-25.
By Chris Carlson |

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Greg Paulus, one of the top athletes in Central New York history, has earned a contract extension to work as the men’s basketball coach at Niagara University through 2024-25 season, the school announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Paulus delivered an impressive performance in difficult circumstances last season, his first as a head basketball coach. His performance earned him the Joe B. Hall Award, which is given annually to the top first-year head coach at the Division I level.

Paulus took over the Niagara team shortly before the start of the college basketball season after former Le Moyne coach, Patrick Beilein, resigned for what he termed “personal reasons” before coaching a game.

While Niagara’s overall record (12-20) wasn’t sparkling, Paulus pulled substantial improvement from an obviously undermanned Purple Eagles team.

Niagara finished with a 9-11 league mark, the third-best for the program in the previous decade. The Purple Eagles had advanced to the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament before the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

During the season, Niagara made up for an obvious lack of size and rebounding with shooting and by taking care of the ball, finishing among the country’s 25 best teams in turnover margin, fewest turnovers and 3-point field goal percentage.

“Greg’s passion for Niagara Basketball can be felt daily,” Niagara athletic director Simon Gray said in a statement. “He has made an immediate impact on our student-athletes, around our campus, and in the greater community. There is a lot of momentum in our basketball program and we are excited about the future.”

Despite being just 34 years old, Paulus has piled up a remarkable list of moments in both high school and college sports. He was the Gatorade National Athlete of the Year in 2005 due to his performances in both football and basketball at Christian Brothers Academy before choosing to play point guard at Duke rather than quarterback at Notre Dame.

After his career at Duke, Paulus returned to Syracuse to play a season of quarterback as a graduate transfer for the Orange before embarking on an equally interesting coaching career.

He was part of a coaching staff under Ohio State’s Thad Matta that found early success before faltering, then spent a year working under Louisville interim coach David Padgett as the school navigated the end of the Rick Pitino era. He spent another season with George Washington’s Maurice Joseph before joining Beilein’s staff at Niagara and receiving the unexpected promotion.

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Re: Paulus Signs Extension

Postby jhart » Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:23 pm

Expect four non con games to be announced soon as inks on the contracts.
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Re: Paulus Signs Extension/ 4 OOC games TBA

Postby NewEnglander » Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:52 pm

Did practice start today? I got an email from the NCAA with all the tournament locations for the next several years and they mentioned today was first day of practice. By the way Buffalo will host a 1st/2nd round not only in 2022 but also in 2026.
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