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Greg Paradine
Greg Paradine won the USILA Division II National Coach of the Year last season, the third time he has won the award.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Greg Paradine Named USILA Division II National Coach of the Year

For the third time in his career, Greg Paradine has been named the USILA Division II National Coach of the Year. Paradine also took home the honors in 2018 and 2021. The only coach in program history, Paradine guided Lenoir-Rhyne to a National Championship in 2023 as the Bears became the first 5-seed to win a National Championship in NCAA Division II history.

The Bears posted an 18-3 record a season ago and defeated Mercyhurst 20-5 in the title game. Paradine and the Bears had to travel over 1,900 miles as they played every NCAA Tournament game away from home. LR took down Tampa in the first round before dispatching of the top seed Rollins just three days later. The Bears beat SAC rival Limestone in the National Semifinal before throttling Mercyhurst in the National Championship game.

Paradine was awarded the National Coach of the Year distinction at the annual USILA Coaches Convention.