Bulldogs' head coach Rodney Terry adds former Texas standout Kenton Paulino as an assistant coach, promotes Michael Schwartz and Byron Jones to No. 1 and 2 assistants.
Last Updated: July 22, 2014
Kenton Paulino enters his third season on the Fresno State men's basketball staff, primarily responsible for game preparation, recruiting and skill development.
Paulino was part of the staff that led the Bulldogs to the program's first 20-win season in seven years and also coached freshman guard/forward Paul Watson to Freshman All-American and Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors, along with two other all-conference selections in guards Tyler Johnson and Marvelle Harris.
Paulino was an instrumental factor in the Bulldogs' most recent recruiting class that ranks as one of the highest rated classes in school history. Freshmen Eugene Artison, Isaiah Bailey and Terrell Carter II, and junior guard Darnell Taylor, all join Fresno State for the upcoming campaign. The 'Dogs also add redshirt sophomore forward Braeden Anderson, who missed all of last season due to a neck injury, and Texas transfer shooting guard Julien Lewis to their rotation.
In the classroom, Fresno State posted a program-record 980 Academic Progress Rate for the 2012-13 season - the most recent year for which the NCAA has announced its academic ratings.
Paulino worked for three seasons a special assistant at The University of Texas. The 27-year-old Paulino assists in all internal operations of the basketball program.
As a part of the Texas coaching staff, Paulino helped the Longhorns post a 75-30 (.714) record while making three NCAA Tournament appearances. During the 2010-11 season, the Longhorns recorded a 28-8 mark, the third-most wins in a single season in school history, and advanced to the NCAA Third Round. UT's No. 8 spot in the final AP poll marked the third-highest ranking in the final AP poll in school history.
Texas climbed to the top of both major national polls (Associated Press, ESPN/USA Today Coaches) on Jan. 11, 2010, marking the first time in program history that the Horns had been the top-ranked team in the nation in either major poll. Texas held the top spot in both polls for a two-week stretch.
A two-year starter and four-year letterwinner at both point and shooting guard for the Longhorns (2003-06), Paulino was a member of four NCAA Tournament teams and made trips to the Final Four (2003), "Elite Eight" (2006) and "Sweet 16" (2004). He played in 106 games (62 starts), ranked third in school history in career three-point field goal percentage (.401) and averaged 6.5 points per contest.
During his senior season (2005-06), Paulino was a team tri-captain who led the Horns to a school-record 30-7 mark, the Big 12 Conference regular-season title and the Elite Eight of the NCAA tourney. A starter in all 37 games, he earned the Lowe's Home Improvement Most Improved Player award as the team's Most Improved Player, gained a spot on the Big 12 Conference All-Underrated team by the league's media and was one of six players nationally named to SI.com's "All-Glue" team. In the NCAA Sweet 16 contest against No. 22 West Virginia in Atlanta, Paulino hit the game-winning three-pointer as time expired to lift the Longhorns to a dramatic 74-71 win.
Following his senior season, Paulino played two years professionally, one overseas in Turkey and a second with the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League (2007-08). He earned his bachelor's of arts degree in ethnic studies from Texas in August 2008.
Prior to reuniting with Terry, he coached the 2011-12 season at Lamar University as an assistant under head coach Pat Knight. Paulino helped guide the Cardinals to their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since the 1999-2000 season. To get there, Lamar capped its run through the Southland Conference Tournament with a convincing 70-49 win in the title game over rival McNeese State. The Cardinals encountered their first 20-win season since 1987-88. Lamar's 23 wins ties for the third highest single season total in school history.
Due to the outstanding season, Lamar had three players recognized as All-Southland Conference. Mike James was a first-team all-conference selection, while Devon Lamb and Anthony Miles were both named to the second-team. Brandon Davis was also honored by the league as he was named to the all-academic first-team.
A native of Los Angeles and born on June 23, 1983, Paulino is married to the former Shelette Williams.