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UTEP Basketball Coach Rodney Terry Tabs Kenton Paulino as Top Assistant

UTEP Men’s Basketball Head Coach Rodney Terry named Kenton Paulino to his staff Friday.

“We’re really excited about Kenton Paulino joining our staff,” UTEP Basketball Head Coach Rodney Terry said. “He’s a guy who comes to us with a wealth of playing experience and coaching experience. He’s won at every level and is a winner. He’s a rising super star in this business and we can’t wait to get to work.”

Paulino most recently served as an assistant at Tulsa. He was with the Golden Hurricane for two seasons, helping them to back-to-back winning campaigns.

Paulino has a history with Terry as he served as his assistant at Fresno State from 2012-17 and played at the University of Texas while Terry was an assistant.

“I am extremely excited to join the UTEP family and reconnect with coach Terry and staff,” Paulino said. “I am ready to get to work and help build on UTEP’s basketball tradition.”

While at Fresno State, Paulino was primarily responsible for game preparation, recruiting and skill development.

In his first season at Fresno State, the Bulldogs won 11 games. Paulino was instrumental in the development of the program as Fresno State was victorious 21 times during the 2013-14 season and advanced to the CBI Finals. The Bulldogs made a big splash during the 2015-16 campaign as they won the Mountain West Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001. Fresno State tallied 20 wins during Paulino’s final season and competed in the NIT.

Paulino’s first assistant coaching job was at Lamar in 2011-12, where he mentored the Cardinals to the Southland Conference Tournament title and their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2000. Additionally, Lamar topped 20 wins for the first time in 24 years and its 23 wins tied for the third-highest single-season total in program history.

Prior to his time at Lamar, Paulino worked for three seasons (2008-11) as a special assistant at Texas under head coach Rick Barnes. The Longhorns won 75 games while advancing to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and garnered the program’s first no. 1 ranking in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls (2009-10).

Paulino was recruited to Texas by Frank Haith and played for the Longhorns from 2002-06 when Terry was an assistant coach. A two-year starter and four-year letterwinner, 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 appeared in 106 games, playing both the point and shooting guard positions, and was a tri-captain as a senior.

During Paulino’s senior season (2005-06), he helped the Longhorns to a 30-7 record, the Big 12 Conference regular-season title and an Elite Eight appearance. He started all 37 games that season and earned the Lowe’s Home Improvement Most Improved Player award from the team. He also was a member of the conference’s All-Underrated Team as selected by the media and was one of six players nationally named to the Sports Illustrated “All-Glue” team.

The senior put his stamp on March Madness with a game-winning three-pointer as time expired that sent the Longhorns to the Elite Eight with a dramatic 74-71 win over no. 22 West Virginia.

After his senior campaign, Paulino played two years professionally. He spent a year oversees in Turkey and another as a member of the Austin Toros (2007-08), the NBA G League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs.

Paulino earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies from Texas in 2008. The Los Angeles native is married to the former Shelette Williams and the couple has a daughter, Kiera Meshell.

UTEP Basketball Coach Rodney Terry Tabs Smith as Top Assistant

UTEP Men’s Basketball Head Coach Rodney Terry named Lamont Smith to his staff on Wednesday.

“I’m excited to hire Lamont as my top assistant here at UTEP,” Terry said. “From afar I’ve had the pleasure of watching him successfully recruit, develop and coach young men at some of the top programs in men’s college basketball. Coach Smith is a tireless worker who understands the commitment needed to build a program that is able to sustain success at a high level. He will play a key role in helping me establish a competitive program that educates and develops young men into productive adults.”

“My family and I are ecstatic about the opportunity to join the UTEP basketball program,” Smith said. “It’s like a dream to have the opportunity to be back in my home state of Texas coaching at a university with such a rich tradition of success in college basketball. Working with one of the top coaches in Rodney Terry made this an easy decision for me.”

Smith most recently served as the head coach at the University of San Diego for three seasons. The Toreros made significant strides under his leadership, posting marks of 9-21 in 2015-16, 13-18 in 2016-17 and 20-14 in 2017-18. San Diego’s West Coast Conference record also climbed from 4-14 in 2015-16 to 9-9 this season.

The 2017-18 Toreros featured three All-Conference players – senior forward Isaiah Pineiro (first team), junior guard Isaiah Wright (second team) and junior guard Olin Carter III (honorable mention) – and ended their season in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Their non-conference schedule was highlighted by victories at NM State (65-60) and Colorado (69-59).

Smith coached a second team All-WCC Player (senior forward Brett Bailey) during the 2016-17 season, in which the Toreros knocked off eventual NIT participant BYU at home.

A native of The Colony, Texas, Smith has previous assistant coaching stints at Saint Louis (1999-2001), Saint Mary’s (2001-07), Santa Clara (2007-08), Arizona State (2008-12), Washington (2012-13) and New Mexico (2013-15).

He returned to San Diego, his alma mater, after helping New Mexico to 42 wins in two years as Associate Head Coach. The Lobos put together a stellar 2013-14 campaign, finishing 27-7 and 15-3 in the Mountain West Conference while reaching the NCAA Tournament. With Smith overseeing the defense, UNM yielded 66.1 points per game while holding opponents to a .389 field goal percentage.

While at Washington, Smith assisted Lorenzo Romar to an 18-16 mark and 9-9 record in the Pac-12 Conference, along with a berth in the NIT. It marked the second time that Smith worked with Romar; he got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Saint Louis from 1999-2001 when Romar was coach of the Billikens. His duties at Saint Louis included coordinating the team’s video editing and film exchange, while assisting with team’s recruiting, scouting and strength and conditioning programs.

Smith’s tenure at Arizona State produced a couple of 20-win seasons, and the Sun Devils reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2009. Smith played a critical role in the development of 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year and current Houston Rocket James Harden.

Prior to joining Herb Sendek’s staff at Arizona State, Smith served as Kerry Keating’s top assistant at Santa Clara. He helped compile one of the top recruiting classes in the West Coast Conference during his stint with the Broncos.

Smith spent six years as an assistant on Randy Bennett’s staff at Saint Mary’s, renewing a relationship that started when the two worked together at Saint Louis. He helped engineer a major turnaround with the Gaels, as they climbed from two wins the year before his arrival to a school-record 25 in 2004-05. That year Saint Mary’s made only its third all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. The 2003-04 squad set a school record by scoring 2,377 points. Saint Mary’s was stout on both sides of the ball; in the first four seasons that he was on the bench, the Gaels led the WCC in scoring defense.

Smith played at San Diego from 1994-99, starting every game for an 18-9 squad as a senior. He was named the Toreros’ Defensive Player of the Year in 1997 and 1999 and served as team captain from 1997-99. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from San Diego in 1998.

Smith and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Payton (12) and Olivia (11).

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