By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Niagara Purple Eagles have officially named Greg Paulus as the team’s permanent head coach. He replaced Patrick Beilein before the season started.
Beilein was hired by the school in March as their new men’s basketball coach. However, on October 24, 2019, he stepped down and the school named Paulus as interim head coach.
The announcement with Paulus as the permanent head coach was made before the team’s first game on Friday. The Purple Eagles place in the Garden State Hardwood Classic with a game on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Drexel Dragons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“Since his first day on campus, Greg has exhibited a high level of professionalism and dedication to our student-athletes,” Niagara Director of Athletics Simon Gray said. “His leadership abilities have only strengthened in the past weeks and he has impressed throughout our evaluation of him as our next head coach. I have had the privilege of talking with his extensive network and appreciate the praise for his character, work ethic, and knowledge of the game. Greg has proven to be an effective recruiter and positive presence on campus and in the community.”
This will be Paulus head coaching opportunity. He previously served as an assistant coach at several stops.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be named the men’s basketball head coach at Niagara University,” Paulus said. “I want to thank our President, Father James Maher, C.M., and Director of Athletics Simon Gray, for the opportunity to represent Niagara University in leading our basketball program and developing our student-athletes. This is a special place and is a program rich in tradition. We look forward to working extremely hard to make the Niagara community proud.”
Before coming to Niagara, he was an assistant coach with the George Washington Colonels for the 2018-19 season. He also served as an assistant coach with the Louisville Cardinals in 2017-18.
Paulus longest stint came with the Ohio State Buckeyes, where he served as an assistant coach from 2011 through 2017. He also began his coaching career with the Navy Midshipmen in 2010-11.