Worcester, Mass. (December 15) -- Assumption College Director of Athletics Ted Paulauskas ’67 announced his retirement on December 15, 2011, effective at the end of the 2011-12 academic year. Paulauskas has served as the Director of Athletics at Assumption since 2003.
“Under Ted Paulauskas’ leadership, Assumption has expanded its intercollegiate sports program to 23 men’s and women’s sports, involving more than 450 student-athletes,” said Francesco Cesareo, Assumption College President. “Ted has upheld the College’s commitment to academic excellence first, with athletic competition serving a vital role in the development of our students. In fact, we are very proud that Assumption is in the top 10 of all NCAA colleges and universities in New England with graduates receiving NCAA post-graduate scholarships, a group that includes Harvard and Boston College.”
“It has been an honor to serve my alma mater as the Director of Athletics for the last nine years,” said Paulauskas. “I enrolled in Assumption College in the fall of 1963 at a time when there were less than 300 men, and there were only a few intercollegiate sports. I have worked diligently, with unilateral support from the board of trustees, the president and senior staff to add sports, improve facilities and enhance the overall experience for all student-athletes. I have had the privilege of working with an incredibly talented group of staff, administrators, coaches and students. I have been blessed to have the financial support of a large number of alumni and friends. There is a great foundation in place for the next director to build upon.”
During his tenure, Paulauskas oversaw substantial improvement in the College’s athletic facilities, specifically the construction of the Multi-Sport Stadium and the extensive renovations of Laska Gymnasium, Rocheleau Field (baseball), Marois Field (softball) and the tennis courts. These facilities, which are among the finest in the New England, greatly benefit the student-athletes and the fans.
On the playing surfaces, Assumption has enjoyed a great deal of success over the last nine years. The Greyhounds have claimed Northeast-10 Championships in men’s basketball, softball and men’s tennis, including most recently with the 2011 softball regular-season title. Assumption has also sent nine teams to the NCAA Tournaments, including men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, golf, softball, women’s soccer and men’s tennis.
In addition to their athletic accomplishments, Assumption student-athletes have excelled in the classroom. During his tenure, Assumption has had six student-athletes recognized nationally as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, along with two Northeast-10 Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
“Ted is highly regarded by his peers, the students and our alumni,” said Cesareo. “We have asked Ted to continue working with us in a consulting role in order to further develop our relationships with alumni and donors. He knows the needs of the athletic program and he is passionate about its success, and his enthusiasm is contagious.”
A Hall of Fame basketball player for the Greyhounds and a Worcester area native, Paulauskas was a three-time All-New England player for Assumption. His teams posted a 70-19 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Regional in each of his four seasons. Paulauskas earned his bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration in education in 1967, as well as his master’s in psychology and counseling in 1974.
He began his career as coach at Fitchburg High (1967-69) and after two years in Special Services, including one year at the United States Military Academy, he returned to Assumption as an assistant basketball coach under Joe O'Brien '57, and as the head coach for tennis and cross country.
Paulauskas then spent the 1973-74 season as an assistant basketball coach at Dartmouth before beginning his 25-year association with Saint Anselm College. He served as basketball coach, golf coach and Director of Athletics (1974-99), where he was responsible for the introduction of all intercollegiate women's sports teams and an extensive summer camp program.
He is also a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame Committee and the Assumption College Alumni Board of Directors. He is a participating member of the National Association of College Athletics Director (NACDA) and has been elected to four Halls of Fame - Saint John's High School, Assumption College, Saint Anselm College and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.