In his third year at Utah State and his 15th as a collegiate coach is Kraig Paulson, who will serve as the Aggies’ defensive coordinator and secondary coach for the second year in 2002. He coached the defensive line in 2000.
Paulson served as the defensive coordinator for two seasons at Montana in addition to coaching the defensive line for nine years.
With numerous injuries to key players during the past two years, Paulson was able to get strong performances from a youthful group as well as players playing out of position during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Nate Putnam was the only freshman in the Big West to earn first-team all-conference honors, while Nate Larsen, who graduated, earned honorable mention all-Big West honors in 2000.
Paulson, who had also worked with the secondary, linebackers and special teams at Montana, was the architect of a Grizzly defense which ranked 48th in Division I-AA in scoring defense, allowing just 23.9 points per game, in 1998. In 1999 Montana’s defense led the Big Sky in every defensive category and ranked 15th nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 105.7 yards per game.
While coaching at Montana, the Grizzly defense was ranked among the national leaders against the rush in 11 of his 12 years there. While coaching the defensive line Paulson had six linemen earn first-team all-Big Sky honors.
As a four-year fullback at Montana, he earned several team awards including being named the team’s outstanding sophomore in 1984 and the outstanding back or receiver in 1986.
Paulson, who earned a degree in education from Montana in 1987, and his wife Jody have three sons (Keogh, Elias and Rokken).
1987 Montana Graduate Assistant 1988-99 Montana Assistant Coach 1988-90 Linebackers 1991-99 Def. Line 1998-99 Def. Coord. 2000- Utah State Assistant Coach 2000 Def. Coord./Def. Line 2001 Def. Coord./Secondary
1982-86 Montana Fullback
1982 Plentywood HS Plentywood, Mont. 1987 Montana B.A. in education
• Born Jan. 12, 1964 in Plentywood, Mont. • Wife is Jody • Sons Keogh, Elias and Rokken