UTEP men’s basketball to add Paulino as top assistant coach

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UTEP head coach Rodney Terry is set to hire Kenton Paulino as his top assistant coach, a source tells KTSM 9 Sports.

The Tulsa World first reported the hire on Wednesday.

Paulino has spent that past two seasons as an assistant coach at Tulsa where the Golden Hurricanes went 37-26, but had two first round exits in the American Athletic Conference Championships.

Paulino coached under Rodney Terry at Fresno State from 2012-2017 and his first job in college basketball was at Lamar from 2011-2012.

Terry’s relationship with Paulino dates back to his playing days at the University of Texas. He is best known for his buzzer-beater in the 2006 NCAA Tournament to beat West Virginia. The game-winner sent the Longhorns to the Elite 8. At the time, Terry was an assistant under Rick Barnes, who is now the head coach at the University of Tennessee.

UTEP is expected to make an official announcement in the coming days when Paulino’s paperwork is finalized.

The Miners now turn their attention to hiring one more assistant coach, after Lamont Smith resigned as part of the national college admissions scandal when he was the head coach at the University of San Diego. Brian Burton was not retained by Terry.

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