The 50-year-old Paulsen helped guide the Bison to a first-place finish in the Patriot League this season and a NIT appearance. Bucknell was 19-15, 13-5 in league play, as Paulsen was the seven-year head coach there.
Paulsen was 124-92 and 64-30 in league play at Bucknell and also won a Division III national title at Williams College in 2003. After eight years at Williams, he made the transition to Division I after previous head-coaching stops at St. Laurence (Division III) and Le Moyne (Division II).
Two NCAA tournament appearances in 2011 and 2013 were the high marks for Paulsen in his stint at Bucknell. The Bison won the Patriot League regular-season crown four times in his eight years with one second-place finish.
Report: Russell Turner turns down George Mason job, remains UC Irvine coach
Russell Turner has reportedly turned down a job offer and will remain the head coach at UC Irvine.
Janis Carr of the Orange County Register reported on Sunday night that Turner had turned down the George Mason vacancy. George Mason relieved Paul Hewitt of his duties after four seasons, compiling a 20-42 record in the last two years as the program has shifted to the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Turner, in his fifth season at UC Irvine, led the Anteaters to the NCAA tournament, nearly upsetting No. 4 Louisville in the Round of 64.
UC Irvine has won 20 or more games in each of the last three seasons under Turner. While they graduate two starters, the Anteaters return 7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye along with second-leading scorer Luke Nelson and Alex Young.
NCAA Tournament hopeful George Washington is one of the top teams in the Atlantic 10 at 3-1 and the Colonials host George Mason.
This is a game of two teams heading in opposite directions as George Washington has won seven of its last eight while George Mason has dropped three straight. Patricio Garino, Kethan Savage and Kevin Larsen form a nice trio for the Colonials while the Patriots are led by Shevon Thompson and Patrick Holloway.