Now in his fifth season at Ohio State, Greg Paulus was added to the Ohio State men’s basketball staff as video coordinator in June of 2011. He was elevated to assistant coach in the summer of 2013. He joined Thad Matta’s staff after spending the 2010-11 campaign as an assistant coach at Navy.
The Buckeyes have won 116 games with Paulus as an assistant coach. In four of six seasons with Paulus on the bench (two of four as an assistant), the Buckeyes have qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to beginning his coaching career at Navy, Paulus had a successful four-year playing career at Duke (2006-09) and a one-year stint playing quarterback at Syracuse while pursuing a master’s degree. A three-year starter for the Blue Devils, he played on four NCAA Tournament teams, helping them to a 112-28 record while leading the team in assists in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
As a freshman in 2006, Paulus was a member of the ACC All-Freshman first team, the ACC All-Tournament second team and a second-team freshman All-American while averaging 6.7 ppg and 5.2 apg. He remains one of just four freshmen in ACC history to lead the league in assists, joining North Carolina’s Ed Cota (1997), Georgia Tech’s Kenny Anderson (1990) and current American coach and former Virginia standout Jeff Jones (1979) as freshman to accomplish the feat.
Paulus spent the 2009-10 year at Syracuse as the starting quarterback on the Orange football team, throwing for 2,024 yards and 13 touchdowns in 12 games while helping the Orange to a 4-8 record, matching the program’s 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. He was invited to the New Orleans Saints minicamp in both May and June of 2010, but was not offered a contract.
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Paulus also excelled in the classroom throughout his collegiate career, earning three-time member of the ACC All-Academic Team and was a two-time third-team academic All-American selection, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science with a certificate in business in 2009. He went on to earn his master’s degree in communications from the Newhouse Television, Radio and Film department at Syracuse in 2010, earning 2009 Big East All-Academic Team honors.