George Mason extends Dave Paulsen through 2021

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Some good summer news to post, George Mason has extended head coach Dave Paulsen’s contract through 2021. A move that clearly shows the confidence athletic director Brad Edwards has in Paulsen’s direction, even after just one season. The move shows me that Paulsen has already exceeded early expectations of most and given the magnitude of the rebuilding project he took on here it’s well deserved. It’s also a strong move by the university to put of a stamp on the fact that “this is our guy” for our men’s basketball program. All that being said, Paulsen still has his work cut out of him making this team a contender in the Atlantic 10.

[Photo by Bill Bride]

Notes from the open scrimmage

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At yesterday’s open scrimmage we got a chance to see the 2015-16 in live action and peek into what the new coaching staff’s philosophy is all about. With Patrick Holloway being held out due to a minor injury we saw a starting lineup (green team) that included Otis Livingston, Marquise Moore, Jaire Grayer, Marko Gujanicic, and Shevon Thompson. Later Dave Paulsen alluded that this would be the starting lineup if the season started today. Paulsen has already stated that freshman Livingston could be a day one starter at point guard and he saw plenty of action there in this scrimmage.

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Notes from practice

2015-10-18 12.30.21-2Yesterday I attended the team’s morning practice and got a chance to observe Dave Paulsen’s philosophy and style of coaching. What stuck out right away was his attention to detail and overall emphasis on fundamentals. He really does not want these guys to keep hurting themselves, as they have been for the past two seasons, with turnovers, poor shot selection, and fouling. Communication was also a big focus, with so many new players and guys playing division I basketball for the first time, this is very necessary for the team’s success this season.

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Paulsen completes his staff with Dane Fischer

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Dane Fischer has been Dave Paulsen’s right hand man for years and now he has brought the up and coming assistant to George Mason. Fischer was in the running for the head coach job at Bucknell after being Paulsen’s top assistant and now with the news yesterday of Duane Simpkins being added, the staff is complete. Fischer is described as a “tireless recruiter and basketball tactician” and Paulsen says he has had a hand in “every coaching, teaching, and recruiting decision” he made while at Bucknell.

Dave Paulsen adds assistant with DC ties to staff

Dave Paulsen has added another assistant coach to his staff with DC area ties, Duane Simpkins. Simpkins held a similar position at UNC-Greensboro and played for Maryland from 1992-1996. He also coached a few local high school teams before entering the college ranks. Paulsen is following up his press conference statements about tapping into the fertile recruiting base in the DC area and this is another great step in doing just that.

Dave Paulsen discusses current state of roster in radio interview

Dave Paulsen recently had a radio interview discussing his position as George Mason’s new head coach. We get some real insight on his thoughts about the current roster and he talks about how they are lacking at the guard positions, especially ball-handlers and shooters. Paulsen also states how the previous coaching staff put a premium on bringing in size and athleticism, something that confused and frustrated most fans. Below is the audio: