AHSAA & NFHS Certified Coach

Paul is possibly the only American basketball coach who has won 3 three consecutive National Championships and Coach of the Year in a foreign professional basketball league. From 2008 to 2019, he coached first and second division professional basketball in the Liberian Basketball Association (LBA) Liberia, West Africa, compiling a record of 171-41. Coaching in Federation of International Basketball (FIBA) sanctioned leagues and competitions against teams from the United States, Ghana, Nigeria, Gabon, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Egypt, Ivory Coast and Guinea. International career achievements include:

Liberian Basketball Association Accomplishments

  • 3 Consecutive 1st Div. National Championships
  • 3 First Div. National Coach of the Year Awards
  • 2 Presidential Golden Image Tournament Championships
  • 1 FIBA African Continental Club Championship appearance

Professional FIBA and NWBL

  • Liberian Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC Oilers), Head Coach
  • National Port Authority (NPA Pythons), Head Coach
  • San Diego Waves, Head Coach

Middle, High school and College

  • Bayside Academy Middle School Girls, Head Coach, Daphne AL
  • Daphne Middle School 8th Grade, Asst. Coach AL
  • San Diego High School 9th grade and JV, Head Coach CA
  • San Diego City College, Assistant Coach CA

Youth Level

  • Upward Basketball Head Coach AL
  • Bounds YMCA Head Coach AL
  • Mission Valley YMCA Head Coach CA
  • Youth Basketball of America(YBOA) Head Coach AL
  • Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Head Coach AL

International and USA Camps Director

  • Monrovia YMCA Development Camp, Liberia West Africa
  • Paul Distefano Development Camp, Sete France
  • Eastern Shore Baptist Church, Upwards, Daphne AL

Coaching Certifications

  • Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA)
  • National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)