Kenton Paulino begins his first season as an assistant coach to Pat Knight at Lamar University after spending the last three seasons as a special assistant at the University of Texas.
Paulino, who played at Texas from 2003-06, assisted in all internal operations of the basketball program during his three-year tenure under Coach Rick Barnes at Texas. The 27-year-old Paulino helped the Longhorns post a 75-30 (.714) record during his tenure, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament.
"I really wanted to bring someone from Coach Barnes' staff," said Knight about bringing Paulino on board at Lamar. "He was a great player in the Big 12; he can recruit Texas and he is from California, so that opens that area up for us."
The 2010-11 season, Paulino's last at UT, saw the Longhorns finish with a 28-8 record and a No. 8 spot in the final AP poll. Texas reached No. 1 in the nation in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls on Jan. 11, 2010, for the first time in school history.
During his playing days at UT, Paulino played in 106 games (62 starts) and finished with the third-best career 3-point shooting percentage in school history at 40.1 percent. Texas advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of Paulino's four seasons, including a trip to the 2003 Final Four and the 2006 "Elite Eight."
Paulino was a tri-captain as a senior, leading the Horns to a school-record 30-7 finish, the Big 12 Conference regular season title and the "Elite Eight." A member of the Big 12 Conference's All-Underrated Team as voted upon by the league's media, Paulino buried a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to give the Longhorns a 74-71 victory over No. 22 West Virginia in the NCAA "Sweet 16."
Following his senior campaign, Paulino spent two years playing professionally, one in Turkey and a second with the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. Paulino earned his bachelor's of arts degree in ethnic studies from Texas in 2008.
A native of Los Angeles, Paulino is married to the former Shelette Williams.