The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 30, 2013

Men's basketball: Bucknell's Paulsen earns NABC Co-Coach of Year honor


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LEWISBURG -- Bucknell men's basketball coach Dave Paulsen was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 13 Co-Coach of the Year on Friday.

Paulsen, who shared the district honor with Harvard's Tommy Amaker, guided the Bison to a school-record 28 wins, Patriot League regular-season and tournament titles, and the sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.

The 2012-13 campaign was Paulsen's fifth at Bucknell. Over the last three seasons, his teams posted a 78-24 (.765) record, which is a new school record for most victories in a three-year period. During that time Bucknell became the first team in Patriot League history to earn three straight outright regular-season titles.

On Thursday Paulsen signed a new five-year contract. Paulsen compiled a 170-53 (.762) record as head coach at Williams, his alma mater, from 2000-08. He led the Ephs to the Division III national championship in 2002-03 and a national runner-up finish a year later.

Bucknell won a school-record 28 games and earned a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the second-highest seed in program history. In his five years at Bucknell, Paulsen has a 99-65 (.604) record. The 99 wins are fourth-most in program history, while the .604 winning percentage is second-best among those who have coached for at least three years.

Including eight seasons at Williams and three each at Le Moyne and St. Lawrence, Paulsen's career record is now 361-185 (.661).

The Bison won Patriot League titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2013, and defeated top-seeded Arizona in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament in 2012.