Mason to hire Bucknell’s Dave Paulsen

Posted In News - By Alan Kelly On Monday, March 30th, 2015 With 0 Comments


George Mason will hire Dave Paulsen from Bucknell University as their next head basketball coach, per Steven Goff of the Washington Post.

Paulsen has been the head coach at Bucknell, a Patriot League member, since 2008. In seven seasons in Lewisburg, he has accumulated a 124-92 overall record, while going 64-30 in conference play. After winning 7 and 14 games his first two seasons, the Bison won 78 games the next three seasons, including two NCAA appearances and an NIT berth. After a rebuilding year, Paulsen guided a young squad this past season to a 19-15 record and another NIT appearance, as well as their fourth Patriot League regular season crown in five years.

Prior to his time at Bucknell, Paulsen was the head man at his alma mater, Williams College, for eight seasons where he went 170-53 while winning a Division III national championship in 2003 and finishing as the national runner-up in 2004.

Paulsen has also coached at St. Lawrence (D-III), Le Moyne (D-II), and served as an assistant at Cleveland State and Michigan. He has won two national coach of the year and five conference coach of the year awards at the Division III level, and three Patriot League coach of the year awards (2011, 2012, 2015).

One of Paulsen’s early recruits at Bucknell was Mike Muscala, a 6’11” center who went on to win two Patriot League player of the year awards and was the 44th overall pick in the NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks. Muscala played oversees for a season and now plays for the Atlanta Hawks. Paulsen’s experience in developing an NBA big man will certainly be of interest to Shevon Thompson.

More updates to follow.

Update, 5:46pm: The school has released an official announcement of the hiring, including a detailed biography of Coach Paulsen: George Mason University Names Dave Paulsen Head Men’s Basketball Coach

About - Alan Kelly is a 2010 and 2013 graduate of George Mason University and a former member of the Patriot Platoon. He had the memorable experience of being in the middle of the college decision process as George Mason's Final Four run unfolded. He currently resides in Northern Virginia.

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