June 3, 1951 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|MAAC championship (1997)|
|MAAC Coach of the Year (1996)|
Paul Cormier (born June 3, 1951) is the former head men's basketball coach at Dartmouth College. Recently, Cormier was an advance pro scout for the Golden State Warriors during the 2009–10 season and New Jersey Nets during the 2007–08 and 2008–09 NBA seasons. Previously, he was an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2006–07 NBA season. He spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics (2002–06) following two seasons as the head scout for Boston. Prior to joining the Celtics, Cormier spent the 1998–99 season as video scout for the New York Knicks.
Cormier coached at the collegiate level for twenty years. He served seven seasons (1991–98) as head coach of Fairfield University. During the 1995–96 season, Cormier coached Fairfield to a 20–10 overall record, an appearance in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship game and the program's fourth berth in the NIT. His MAAC coaching peers recognized him as the 1995–96 MAAC Coach of the Year. And during the 1996–97 season, Cormier coached Fairfield to the MAAC Championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. He then coached the #16 seed Fairfield to an early second half lead and near historic upset of the Dean Smith coached #1 seed North Carolina. The eight-point loss, 82–74, still stands as the last single-digit loss by a #16 seed to a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Cormier is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. He and his wife, Susan, have four sons.
Head coaching record
|Dartmouth (Ivy League) (1984–1991)|
|Dartmouth:||87–95 (.478)||47–51 (.480)|
|Fairfield (MAAC) (1991–1998)|
|1995–96||Fairfield||20–10||10–4||2nd||NIT First Round|
|1996–97||Fairfield||11–19||2–12||8th||NCAA First Round|
|Fairfield:||86–111 (.437)||40–64 (.385)|
|Dartmouth (Ivy League) (2010–2016)|
|2014–15||Dartmouth||14–15||7–7||4th||CIT First Round|
|Dartmouth:||54–116 (.318)||23–61 (.274)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion