@coachmattdaniel has a challenge of his own
Women's basketball faces first opponent in preseason play
Marshall women's basketball coach Matt Daniel announced the hiring of assistant coach Devrinn Paul in September.
Paul comes to Huntington from the University of Louisville, where he worked for three years as the video coordinator for the women's basketball team. Prior to being named video coordinator, he was a graduate assistant for the Cardinal women's basketball team for two years and graduated with his master's (higher education in human resources) in 2010.
"We are excited to have DP," Daniel said. "He has been involved in two national championship games in the last five years and has worked for a coach that plays at the tempo we are working towards."
At Louisville, Paul was part of the first Cardinal women's basketball program to make it to the NCAA Final Four (2009). During his time at Louisville, the Cards made four NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the national championship game twice. Last season, Louisville advanced to the NCAA final, losing to Connecticut. Along the way to the title game, the No. 5 seed Cards defeated the No. 1 seed Baylor, and in doing so were nominated for "Best Upset" at the 2013 ESPYs.
Paul's duties as video coordinator included preparing scouting reports, producing highlight videos and game film, helping with recruiting videos and developing game plans alongside the coaching staff. He also coordinated a team of male practice players for competition at practice.
Prior to Louisville, Paul attended Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Ky., where he worked as the student manager for the men's basketball team. He graduated with his bachelor's in business marketing with a minor in journalism in 2008.
A Hempstead, N.Y., native, Paul moved to Louisville at age 12 and attended Waggener High School, where he played varsity basketball and football. He received a Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation scholarship award in 2003 for football, and was first team all-district in 2002 and `03.
"I am honored to become a part of Coach Daniel's staff," Paul said. "I'm confident my scouting experience will compliment Coach Daniel's in game philosophy. I take pride in becoming a part of the great tradition at Marshall University. I am anxious to get going and looking forward to a special year in women's basketball."