When Dave Paulsen took over the Bucknell men’s basketball program prior to the start of the 2008-09 season, expectations were uncertain.
The Bison struggled in Paulsen’s first year, finishing the season at 7-23 overall.
Fast forward to now, Paulsen has deservedly earned the five-year contract extension that Bucknell has given him after three consecutive Patriot League regular season titles, two trips to the NCAA Tournament and one appearance in the NIT Tournament. That’s quite the turnaround from 2009, so it isn’t rocket science to see the job that Paulsen has done.
It helps when you have a stud forward like Mike Muscala, but it’s certainly good news that Bucknell now has Paulsen signed up for through the 2017-18 season. Financial terms were not disclosed in the report that was issued by the Associated Press.
Following yet another year of postseason success, Paulsen’s name had been linked to other coaching vacancies, so it’s good that the Bison reached this agreement when they did. The future of the Bucknell program looks bright with Paulsen at the helm, there should be no doubt about that.
Now, Bucknell’s three year reign atop the conference standings will be difficult to maintain without Muscala, but don’t count the Bison out of that race next season. Bucknell’s 2012-13 season came to a close in the Round of 64 just last week when No. 6 Butler used a late advantage to claim victory. The Bison had made a 20-2 run midway through the second half to take the lead, but Bucknell could not hold on for the upset win.
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