GW men’s basketball head coach Maurice Joseph has hired Greg Paulus, who has worked on staffs at Louisville, Ohio State and Navy following a standout playing career at Duke, as an assistant coach.
Paulus comes to GW after one season at Louisville where he helped guide the Cardinals to a 22-14 record and a quarterfinals appearance in the NIT.
Prior to that, he was an assistant coach for four seasons at Ohio State (2013-17) after serving as the program’s video coordinator for two years (2011-13). During six years on the staff there, Paulus served as both offensive and defensive coordinator as Ohio State produced a 147-66 record and participated in the NCAA Tournament on four occasions, including playing in two regional finals and reaching the 2012 Final Four.
“I am thrilled with the addition of Greg Paulus to our staff and the GW Basketball family,” said Joseph. “Greg is a tireless recruiter and talented tactician who will aid in the overall development of our student-athletes, particularly our perimeter players. He was groomed in one of college basketball’s elite winning cultures during his time at Duke, where he had a standout career in the ACC. Additionally, Greg was a three-time ACC All-Academic Team selection and a two-time Academic All-American. His playing and coaching career to this point coincide with our athletic department’s commitment to discipline and excellence on and off the court and we couldn’t be more excited to add he and his wife Megan to the Colonial family.”
Paulus helped the Buckeyes sign top-10 recruiting classes in 2014 and 2015 and was recognized by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches in 2015. Paulus gained his start in coaching as an assistant at Navy for the 2010-11 season.
“George Washington University is a world class institution and has a proud basketball tradition,” said Paulus. “I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Coach Joseph’s coaching staff. I am looking forward to working with the student-athletes and developing them on and off the court.”
Paulus had a successful four-year playing career at Duke (2005-09), plus one year as the team captain and starting quarterback at Syracuse while pursuing a master’s degree. A three-year starter and two-time captain for Duke, he played on three ACC Championship teams and four NCAA Tournament teams, helping Duke to a combined 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 points and 5.2 assists. He is one of just four freshmen in ACC history to lead the league in assists. He scored 1,193 career points at Duke and ranks among the career top 10 in assists (468), three-point field goals (210) and three-point field goal percentage (.398).
Paulus spent the 2009-10 season at Syracuse where he returned to the football field as a grad student transfer, passing for 2,024 yards and 13 touchdowns in 12 games. It was Paulus’ first action on the football field since being named the 2005 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year. His 67.7 completion percentage (193-of-285) is a Syracuse single-season record.
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Paulus earned ACC All-Academic Team accolades on three occasions and was a two-time third-team Academic All-American selection, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science with a certificate in markets and management studies in 2009. He went on to obtain his master’s degree in Television, Radio and Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse in 2010, earning 2009 Big East All-Academic Team honors. After that, he got his start in coaching when he spent the 2010-11 season at Navy.
Paulus was named the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year in both football and basketball as a senior at Christian Brothers Academy. He and his wife Megan were married last year.