By Justin Hunter
CHURUBUSCO – Chris Paul was named the new Churubusco Junior-Senior High School athletic director at the Smith-Green Community Schools board meeting Monday. Over 30 candidates applied for the position.
Paul took over as the Churubusco boys basketball team last season and led the Eagles to their first sectional title win in its 99-year history.
“I’m so excited and feel fortunate and blessed,” said Paul. “It’s been a year. If someone would have told me that we would win the sectional championship and I’d be athletic director within one year, I would have told them they’re nuts.”
Paul will replace Paul Sade, who resigned from the athletic director position, but remains as the school’s head football coach. Paul will also continue coaching the Churubusco boys varsity basketball team. The annual salary for athletic director is $61,500.
Paul graduated from University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne with a bachelor’s in business in 1994. He was the assistant women’s basketball coach at Saint Francis from 1995-2001. Paul then went on to be an assistant on IPFW’s women’s basketball team for eight years, then was the head coach for 10 seasons. He is the winningest coach in IPFW women’s basketball history and led the Mastadons to two postseason appearences.
“Coach Sade has done a tremendous job here as athletic director,” said Paul. “I want to work to keep many things in place. One thing I would like to work on is that every team expects to win every game they play, and to carry pride in the school.”
Also at the Smith-Green meeting, the board approved for formation of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club, which will be a extra-curricular club for the first time in over 15 years.