Paul Graham was an assistant coach with Colorado for four years from 2003-07 bringing over 18 years of coaching expertise to the CU bench.
Graham, 56, came to Boulder from Washington State, where he was the head coach from 1999-2003. He assisted the Buffaloes with on the floor coaching, the development of the student-athletes, recruiting and scheduling.
With over 18 years coaching experience, Graham was an assistant at Southern Methodist University, the University of New Mexico, and Oklahoma State, with 12 of his teams advancing to the NCAA Tournament. In 1995, Graham was part of a coaching staff at OSU from 1992-1999 that went 150-72 with five NCAA Tournament appearances including the 1995 Final Four when the Cowboys lost to eventual national champion UCLA. Five of those NCAA teams produced 20-win seasons.
At New Mexico from 1990-92, Graham was an assistant coach and helped the Lobos to a 40-23 record and a NCAA Tournament appearance in 1991. While an assistant at SMU, Graham helped the Mustangs to three NCAA Tournament berths (1985, 1986, 1988) and 129-58 mark. In addition to his coaching experience, Graham was the head boys’ coach at Justin F. Kimball High School in Dallas from 1974-82 with an impressive 111-40 record.
Graham graduated from North Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and history minor in 1974 and earned his master’s degree in Education Administration from Prairie View University in 1979. While at North Texas, he qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championships in the high hurdles.
Born March 11, 1951, in Kansas City, Kan., Graham graduated from Sumner High School and was a member of a state championship basketball team as well as being an all-city basketball selection and a state track champion in the high hurdles and 60-yard dash.
Graham and his wife, Vanessa, have two children, Nicholas (25) and Brittany (19).