Paul Woolpert

Position: Head Coach & General Manager

Paul Woolpert returns to the Yakima SunDome sidelines as Head Coach of the Yakima SunKings, a position he last held in 2007-08 season. Woolpert had coached the Yakima SunKings for over six and a half seasons, compiling a 215-137 regular season record (.611) while leading the SunKings to three Continental Basketball Association Titles (2000, 2006 and 2007). Woolpert won two consecutive Stan Novak CBA Coach of the Year awards (2007 and 2008) and won three straight CBA All-Star Games.

Woolpert has most recently served as lead assistant coach for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Developmental League (now G-League) for two seasons, 2015-17. During his time in LA, the D-Fenders went 61-39, making the playoffs both seasons, losing the 2016 D-League Finals to the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

He spent the 2014-15 season as the lead assistant coach for the Perth Wildcats of Australia’s National Basketball League. The Wildcats qualified for the NBL Playoffs after finishing fourth during the regular season.

For two seasons, 2011-12 and 2012-13, Woolpert was the head coach of the NBL’s Townsville Crocodiles. During his time in Townsville, the club went 25-28, qualifying for the 2012 playoffs.

He was head coach of the D-League Tulsa 66ers, an affiliate team of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, in 2008–09.

During the 2007-08 season, Woolpert’s SunKings set all-time CBA records for the best winning percentage in a season, .895, and for the highest quarter point average, 5.50qpg. His team also tied the league record for most 7-0 victories with eight. Along with these records, the SunKings won 43 games, the most ever in a 48-game schedule. The SunKings started the season off with a 14-game winning streak, lost a game, and then rattled off 17 more wins, losing one game in 77 days.

In his coaching career, Woolpert has coached several players that went on to play in the NBA, including: Raja Bell, Chucky Brown, Anthony Carter, Anthony Goldwire, Reggie Jordan, Randy Livingston, Eldridge Recasner, Larry Robinson, Jason Sasser, Lonnie Baxter, Horatio Llamas, Devin Gray, Mark Blount, Gary Grant, Tremaine Fowlkes, Henry James, Art Long, Leon Smith, Ronny Turiaf, Josh Magette, David Nwaba, Vander Blue, Justin Harper, and Jeff Ayres.

He began his career as a scout and video coordinator for the Seattle SuperSonics where he spent eight seasons. He also worked as a scout for the Portland Trail Blazers and the Atlanta Hawks. He has also coached the San Antonio Spurs summer league team, has been a head coach in the Philippines Basketball Association (PBA), and coached a touring team in China in 2005.

Woolpert is the son of Hall of Fame coach Phil Woolpert, who coached Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, and the University of San Francisco to an NCAA Championship in 1955 and again in 1956. Paul is married to wife, Nicole, and resides in Yakima with their two dogs.

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