- Created: Wednesday, 28 April 2021 05:45
By RICK PETERSON
Dwayne Paul became intrigued with Hayden High boys basketball long before the Wildcats' coaching position opened up.
And when Torrey Head stepped down following the 2020-21 season, Paul knew that's where he wanted to be.
"There were so many things that attracted me to the Hayden job -- the tradition, the history, the support that you get,'' said Paul, a former Emporia State assistant coach who most recently served as head coach and athletic director at Lebo. "I was at Emporia State and I was on my way to Southwest Baptist and I stopped in to watch Hayden play Emporia High. It was just such a great atmosphere and I was like, "This is crazy. I'm not even coaching a game, I'm just sitting here watching, and I'm sweating like I'm actually in the game.'
"I wanted to be a part of that and when the opportunity presented itself I had to go full force for it.''