Written by Matt Wixon
Paul Graham, former head coach at Washington State, takes over Skyline boys basketball team
Paul Graham has had a long, interesting trip as a head coach and assistant in college basketball. But the former Kimball coach, who led the Knights from 1974 to 1982, is excited to be a high school head coach again.
"I'm just as excited to coach Skyline now as I was to coach at Washington State," said Graham, 62. "If I wasn't, I wouldn't do it. The kids would detect that."
Graham is replacing Stanford Hill, who is no longer the basketball coach but is still teaching at Skyline. Hill coached the last four years at Skyline, which finished 15-17 last season and lost in the first round of the 5A playoffs.
Graham was the head coach at Washington State from 1999 to 2003, which came after many years as an assistant coach at the college level. He was an assistant at SMU (1982-88), New Mexico (1990-92) and Oklahoma State (1992-99). After Washington State, he was an assistant at Colorado (2003-2007) and Georgia State (2007-11).
He was hired at Skyline before the 2011-12 school year and has been an assistant to Hill the last two seasons. Graham said it was time to stop traveling, and his wife, Vanessa is from the Dallas area and graduated from South Oak Cliff.
"God gave us all gifts," Graham said, "and I want to coach these boys and prepare them for life."