Paulsen, a three-year starter at North Carolina State University, joins the Bulldogs after spending two and a half years as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Central Missouri.
While working with Coach Nesbitt at UCM, Paulsen coached first team all-conference player and Honorable Mention all-American, DeMarco Cosby. As a sophomore, Cosby caught 29 passes for 623 yards and five touchdowns that set school records for yards by a tight end.
Cosby entered his junior year (2009) as a preseason all-American by D2Football.com and caught 39 passes for 513 yards and five more touchdowns while being mentored by Paulsen.
At Central, Paulsen was also the department’s Strength and Conditioning coach and worked as a counselor at the annual summer football camp.
Paulsen, originally from Rocheport, Mo. and a Hickman High School graduate, was the first four-year starter for the Hickman Football program and a three-year all-State selection. In addition, Paulsen followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather to win a Missouri State High School Heavyweight wrestling championship.
Paulsen was recruited by Chuck Amato and was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for the NC State Wolfpack.
As a senior, Paulsen served as one of the team’s captains, earned the NCSU Jim Ritcher Award for Best Offensive Lineman”, named to the first team Academic all-Atlantic Coast Conference and ACC Honor Roll and was a preseason second-team all-ACC selection.
In 2003, Paulsen was awarded the Bob Warren Award for Integrity and Sportsmanship at NC State. He was a first team Academic all-ACC and ACC Honor Roll member and named to the league’s honorable mention squad.
Paulsen coached both the offensive line and defensive line for the Wolfpack for two seasons following his playing career.
Paulsen and his wife Anna, a former cheerleader at NC State, have a son Jackson.