Paulsen coaching in February, 2018
|Born||September 14, 1964|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1990–1994||Cleveland State (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
NCAA Division III Tournament (2003)|
2 NCAA Division III Final Four (2003, 2004)
UCAA regular season (1997)
ECAC New England (2001)
2 NESCAC regular season (2003, 2004)
3 NESCAC Tournament (2003, 2004, 2007)
4 Patriot League regular season (2011–2013, 2015)
2× Patriot League Tournament (2011, 2013)
2× NABC D-III National Coach of the Year (2003, 2004)|
2× NABC D-III New England Coach of the Year (1996, 2003)
2× UCAA Coach of the Year (1996, 1997)
3× NESCAC Coach of the Year (2003, 2004, 2007)
2× Patriot League Coach of the Year (2011, 2012)
Dave Paulsen (born September 14, 1964) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He was previously the head coach at Bucknell University for seven seasons. Prior to Bucknell, he spent eight years as the head coach at his alma mater, Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and also coached at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.
At Williams College, Paulsen won the NCAA Division III title in 2003, and finished as national runner up in 2004. Paulsen was twice named Division III Coach of the Year during his time at Williams.
On May 20, 2008, Paulsen was hired as head coach at Bucknell. 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). 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.
During his time at Bucknell, Paulsen recruited and coached future NBA player, Mike Muscala.
On March 30, 2015, Paulsen was hired as head coach of George Mason. His team struggled in his first year, finishing the season with an overall record of 11–21, 5–13 in conference and in thirteenth place in the Atlantic 10. His second year at George Mason saw the team improve big time, finishing 20–14 overall and 9–9 in A–10 play, and receiving an invitation to the 2017 CBI, where they would lose in the first round to Loyola (MD).
Head coaching record
|St. Lawrence Saints (Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association) (1994–1997)|
|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 (.641)|
|Le Moyne Dolphins (Northeast-10 Conference) (1997–2000)|
|Le Moyne:||42–39 (.519)||24–32 (.429)|
|Williams Ephs (New England Small College Athletic Conference) (2000–2008)|
|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 Champion|
|2003–04||Williams||30–2||9–0||1st||NCAA Division III Runner-up|
|2006–07||Williams||16–12||6–3||T–3rd||NCAA Division III First Round|
|Williams:||170–53 (.762)||49–23 (.681)|
|Bucknell Bison (Patriot League) (2008–2015)|
|2010–11||Bucknell||25–9||13–1||1st||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|2011–12||Bucknell||25–10||12–2||1st||NIT Second Round|
|2012–13||Bucknell||28–6||12–2||1st||NCAA Division I Second Round|
|2014–15||Bucknell||19–15||13–5||1st||NIT First Round|
|Bucknell:||134–94 (.588)||74–32 (.698)|
|George Mason Patriots (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2015–present)|
|2016–17||George Mason||20–14||9–9||T–7th||CBI First Round|
|George Mason:||47–52 (.475)||23–31 (.426)|
Postseason invitational champion
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- Goff, Steven (2015-03-30). "George Mason hires Bucknell's Dave Paulsen to replace Paul Hewitt". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-03-10.