ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Former Duke basketball player and Syracuse football player Greg Paulus was named an assistant coach at Navy on Wednesday, joining Billy Lange's staff.
"I am very excited to be a part of the Naval Academy and the Navy Basketball family," said Paulus. "I appreciate the opportunity that Coach Lange has given me and am looking forward to helping the Naval Academy and the basketball program in any way I can. I have always wanted to get into coaching and to get my start at such a special institution like the Naval Academy is very rewarding for me. I am very fortunate to be able to work with the caliber of student-athlete that the Naval Academy has to offer."
As a member of the Blue Devils' basketball team, Paulus played in 139 career games and is one of only 23 players to start in 100 contests at Duke. He is also one of 60 Duke players to score over 1,000 career points, ranking 42nd all-time with 1,193 career points. Paulus finished his career ranked among the all-time Duke leaders in three-point field goals (9th, 210), three-point field goal attempts (11th, 527), three-point field goal percentage (6th, .398), assists (9th, 468) and steals (15th, 172).
A two-time team captain, Paulus received numerous athletic and academic honors. He was a third team All-ACC selection as a junior and made the All-ACC Freshman team in 2005-06. He also was selected to the ACC All-Tournament team as a freshman. His work in the classroom led to being named an ESPN the Magazine third team Academic All-America in 2008 and 2009. Paulus was also named Academic All-District and ACC All-Academic twice in his career.
Paulus played quarterback at Syracuse in 2009. He played in 12 games, throwing for 2,024 yards and 13 touchdowns. He guided the Orange to a 4-8 record, matching their best record since the 2004 season. It was Paulus' first action on the football field since being named the 2005 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year.
After graduation with his master's degree in communications from the Newhouse Television, Radio and Film department last May, Paulus had a tryout at the New Orleans Saints minicamp in May and June but was not offered a contract. He has since worked as an intern at Foxsports.com.