Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Paul Eberhardt, the newest head coach of the UW-Superior men's basketball program, was officially introduced on campus Thursday afternoon after being hired last week.
"Paul Eberhardt is no stranger to UW-Superior," Yellowjackets athletics director Steve Nelson said. "He was a finalist for our men's basketball opening two years ago, and he also coached against us for two years as an assistant for UW-River Falls."
Now, Eberhardt is the head man for the Yellowjackets and said Thursday he has already started recruiting for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
"You sell what we are," Eberhardt said. "I think if you're honest and you're straightforward with people, they'll embrace it. You've got to be willing to work. You've got to be willing to go out and see kids. You've got to be willing to use connections."
Eberhardt most recently served as athletics director and dean of students at Ellsworth Community College, but he comes to the Yellowjackets with 12 years coaching experience.
He spent two years as an assistant coach at both UW-River Falls and Scottsdale Community College, that before accepting the head coaching job at Scottsdale and leading that program for eight seasons.
"This is a great opportunity for me to get back to the [Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference,] where I got my coaching start," Eberhardt said. "I loved my time in the league, and I'm thrilled to be coaching in the best Division III conference the country."
Eberhardt is the sixth head coach in the past 10 years and will officially start his duties on August 13, but he referenced on Thursday the program's recent success as a building block for the future.
"I think some pieces have been put in place," Eberhardt said. "You look at some of the stuff with Jake Smith and some of the other people who have really moved the program forward, and I think we can build on those things."