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RALEIGH, N.C. – will look at members of the Department of Athletics at Shaw University staff with a weekly featured called "ShawBears Staff Spotlight." Each Wednesday, the website will profile a different member of the staff.

In this week's edition, we look at Jonathan Paulk in his second year as the head women's volleyball coach.


What do you remember about your first day working at Shaw?

Paulk: I remember I actually showed up prior to my start date because of my excitement. The staff was very accommodating and helped me get my ID and access to my email which allowed me to immediately start recruiting. 


What is one of your favorite memories of working at Shaw?

Paulk: One of my favorite memories so far at Shaw was the first day of practice of my first season. We had a team of eight players, most of which had not played a lot the year before. I gently introduced some techniques and ideas that were foreign to them to see their level of buy-in and desire to improve. All eight players went for them without hesitation and I knew we could create something special that season.


What does working at Shaw mean to you?

Paulk: Working at Shaw means building confidence in my athletes on and off the court to help them become successful.


If you were an athlete, what jersey number would you want to wear and why?

Paulk: I would wear number 0 like Gilbert Arenas. I was always an underdog growing up and I love it. I enjoy traveling to tournaments where no one knows me so I can be a dark horse.


Did you play sports in college? If so, what sport and where did you play?

Paulk: I actually picked up volleyball in college. NC State doesn't sponsor men's volleyball as a varsity sport so I played club and immediately started playing adult beach volleyball tournaments. Our indoor team finished 5th and 9th at NCVF Nationals and I won the NCSVA Beach Collegiate National Championship.


Quick Hits:

Favorite Food: Chuck Roast

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Fast Food: Zaxbys

Favorite Movie: Good Will Hunting/Moneyball

Favorite Actor: Will Smith

Favorite TV Show: White Collar

Favorite Book: Ender's Game

What is One Thing People Don't Know About You?: 

Paulk: I love working with my hands and am renovating my house with my wife.


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