Paul Booth enters his 27th season with the Cadets in 2019-20. The all-time leader with 282 career victories at Norwich, Booth eclipsed legendary Head Coach Ed Hockenbury with a 73-63 defeat of Albertus Magnus on Jan. 19, 2008, giving him 183 career wins.
Joining the Cadets in 1993, Booth assumed the coaching reins of a team that posted only one victory in 24 chances during the arduous 1992-93 campaign. He made an immediate impact on the program, leading Norwich to a respectable 12-13 mark during his first year on the sidelines. The dramatic improvement resulted in the team being recognized as the “Most Improved Team” in New England, according to the New England Basketball Coaches’ Association.
In the following two seasons, Booth led the Cadets to winning records in 1995-96 and 1996-97, the first time a Norwich men’s basketball team had accomplished that feat in nine years. The Cadets would later string together five-consecutive winning seasons from 2002-03 to 2006-07, a school record.
The team’s all-time leader in coaching victories at Norwich (265), Booth most recently picked up the 300th win of his coaching career on Feb. 4, 2015, a 77-73 victory over Anna Maria College at Andrews Hall. The win was also memorable as it was the first-ever over the AMCATS for the program.
A 1983 graduate of St. Joseph’s College (Vt.), he began his coaching career that same season at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., leading the Vikings to a 20-win season and a spot in the NJCAA Region III postseason. He would later serve as the Assistant Varsity Coach and Head Junior Varsity Coach at Springfield College.
Completing his master’s degree in 1988 at Springfield, Booth would go on to direct the men’s basketball program at Thomas (Me.) College for five seasons. Posting 51 wins in five years, Booth’s 1991-92 squad registered a 15-11 record and qualified for the NAIA District V postseason and, following the season, earned a nomination as one of the most improved teams in all of New England.
Booth was selected to be the program coordinator for the first Adidas ABCD Basketball Camp that was held in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1997. Among the many coaches and players there, he worked with NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Booth also runs a two-week basketball camp at Norwich every August.
Paul and his wife, Sue, reside in Northfield, Vt. with their sons, Ryan and Kyle.