Windsor Taps Paul To Takeover Girls Basketball Program

Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

Windsor’s black and gold suits Jeff Paul fine with the former Ursuline girls’ basketball coach taking over the Jaguars program.

After nine years wearing the Bears’ blue, Paul needed a new coaching gig because Ursuline is closing after this school year.

“I’m just excited about the opportunity to coach,” Paul said.

Windsor’s vacancy was created when Monica Mertle left after one season to take the new job at Cardinal Newman, created with the looming closure of fellow Catholic school Ursuline. Paul hoped to move over to Cardinal Newman, but is pleased with landing at Windsor.

“It was a good fit for me,” he said.

Hiring an experienced coach and one who led Ursuline to three North Bay League titles is a coup for Windsor, school officials said.

“He’s just a phenomenal class act. He’s the perfect guy for us,” said Windsor’s new athletic director Joe Stadum.

A software engineer for Agilent, Paul grew up in Santa Rosa and graduated from Cardinal Newman, where football was his main sport. Paul played small college football at Pacific University, in Oregon.

Beginning in basketball as CYO and club coach in Santa Rosa, Paul coached Ursuline freshman and junior varsity teams five years before taking over the varsity squad.

“I like having a fundamentally sound team that emphasizes defense. But really I adapt some of my philosophy to the players,” Paul said.

In addition to Windsor’s three girls’ teams, Paul will continue running his club teams.

“I’m really excited about being part of that community and continuing in girls’ basketball,” Paul said.