Lewisburg, PA (Sports Network) - Bucknell has rewarded men's basketball coach
Dave Paulsen with a new five-year contract.
Terms were not disclosed, but the new deal takes effect immediately and runs
through the 2017-18 season.
Bucknell just completed a 28-6 season with a loss to Butler in the second
round of the NCAA Tournament. The 28 wins set a school record for the Bison,
who made their second NCAA appearance in the last three years.
"The Bucknell men's basketball program has achieved an incredible amount of
success under the leadership of head coach Dave Paulsen, and I am pleased that
Dave will be here to continue to grow the storied tradition of Bison
basketball," said athletic director John Hardt on Thursday. "Since his arrival
at Bucknell, Dave has shown an unwavering commitment to our scholar-athlete
model. In addition, program's players and coaches have represented themselves
and our university in exemplary fashion. The passion and enthusiasm that he
brings to work every day have clearly rubbed off on his team and his staff.
The landscape of college basketball is rapidly changing, and I look forward to
working with Dave through these new and exciting challenges."
Numerous higher profile coaching positions have opened recently, possibly
necessitating the urgency to give Paulsen a new deal to stay with the mid-
Paulsen has guided Bucknell to a record of 99-65 in five years, including a
78-24 mark over the past three seasons. The Bison became the first team in
Patriot League history to win three straight outright regular-season titles
and also took the conference tournament crowns in 2011 and 2013.
After failing to win the Patriot tourney in 2012, the Bison earned a berth in
the NIT and beat Arizona in the first round of that tournament.
"I am sincerely grateful and humbled by the support that I have received from
President Bravman and John Hardt and look forward to working with them to make
Bison basketball the best it can be on the court, in the classroom, and in the
community," said Paulsen.
Before taking over at Bucknell, Paulsen was a head coach for eight seasons at
Division III Williams College and three years each at Le Moyne and St.
Lawrence. He has an overall record of 361-185.
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