Dave Paulsen

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Dave Paulsen
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team George Mason
Record N/A
Biographical details
Born (1964-09-14) September 14, 1964 (age 50)
Playing career
1983–1987 Williams
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Williams (asst.)
Michigan (asst.)
Cleveland State (asst.)
St. Lawrence
Le Moyne
George Mason
Accomplishments and honors
One NCAA Division III Championship: (2003)
Two NCAA Division III - Final Four: (2003, 2004)
Two NESCAC Championship: (2003, 2004)
Three NESCAC Tournament Championship: (2003, 2004, 2007)
One UCAA Championship: (1997)
One ECAC New England Championship: (2001)
Patriot Regular Season Championship (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
Patriot Tournament Championship (2011, 2013)
NABC D-III National Coach of the Year (2003, 2004)
NABC D-III New England Coach of the Year (1996, 2003)
UCAA Coach of the Year (1996, 1997)
NESCAC Coach of the Year (2003, 2004, 2007)
Patriot League Coach of the Year (2011, 2012)

Dave Paulsen ((1964-09-14)September 14, 1964) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, after Paul Hewitt was let go from the position. He was previously the head coach at Bucknell University for seven seasons. Prior to that he spent eight years as the head coach at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He has also coached at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.

At Williams, he won the 2003 Division III title, and finished as national runner up in 2004. Paulsen was twice named Division III Coach of the Year during his time at Williams.

Paulsen led the Bison to a disappointing 7–23 record in his first year at Bucknell. This constituted the school's worst winning percentage (.233) since the 1971–72 when the Bison posted a mark of 5–18 (.217).[1] In his second year, the Bison improved to 12-17, including a 9-5 record in Patriot League play.

In his third year, Paulsen was named Patriot League Coach of the Year en route to leading his team to a 25-8 record heading into the NCAA tournament, including a 13-1 record in the Patriot League, culminating in both the regular season and Patriot League tournament championships.

Paulsen's tenure at Bucknell, while mostly seen as successful, was partially dampened by the disappointment his team's experienced in Patriot League Tournament play. Over his final 6 seasons, the team lost 4 time on its home court as the higher seed, including twice as a #1 seed and once as a #2 seed.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
St. Lawrence Saints (Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association (Division III)) (1994–1997)
1994–95 St. Lawrence 10–15
1995–96 St. Lawrence 18–9 NCAA Division III Second Round
1996–97 St. Lawrence 22–4 1st NCAA Division III First Round
St. Lawrence: 50–28
Le Moyne Dolphins (Northeast Ten Conference (Division II)) (1997–2000)
1997–98 Le Moyne 20–8
1998–99 Le Moyne 13–14
1999–00 Le Moyne 9–17
Le Moyne: 42–39
Williams Ephs (NESCAC (Division III)) (2000–2008)
2000–01 Williams 21–7 6–3 T–1st
2001–02 Williams 22–6 7–2 2nd NCAA Division III Second Round
2002–03 Williams 31–1 8–1 T–1st NCAA Division III Champions
2003–04 Williams 30–2 9–0 1st NCAA Division III Runner-up
2004–05 Williams 16–9 4–5 T–5th
2005–06 Williams 17–8 5–4 T–5th
2006–07 Williams 16–12 6–3 T–3rd NCAA Division III First Round
2007–08 Williams 17–8 4–5 T–6th
Williams: 170–53 49–23
Bucknell Bison (Patriot League) (2008–2015)
2008–09 Bucknell 7–23 4–10 T–7th

2009–10 Bucknell 14–17 9–5 2nd
2010–11 Bucknell 25–9 13–1 1st NCAA Second Round
2011–12 Bucknell 25–10 12–2 1st NIT Second Round
2012–13 Bucknell 28–6 12–2 1st NCAA Second Round
2013–14 Bucknell 16–14 11–7 4th
2014–15 Bucknell 19–15 13–5 1st NIT First Round
Bucknell: 134–94 74–32
George Mason Patriots (Atlantic 10) (2015–present)
2015–16 George Mason 0–0 0–0
Total: 396–214

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Bison Basketball History" (PDF). bucknell.edu. March 16, 200. Retrieved 2009-03-16.  Check date values in: |date= (help)