A native of Chilliwack, B.C., Aaron Pauls is in his first year as an assistant coach of the University of the Fraser Valley golf program. Pauls joins a highly touted golf program that has won 10 PACWEST conference championships in the past 11 years and four CCAA National Championships.
Pauls’s playing career at UFV began in the fall of 2009 as a walk-on, and throughout his time competing with the Cascades, he collected many individual achievements. He won rookie the year in 2009, was a four-time team MVP, and an All-Canadian (2013). Pauls also received the Envision Annual Leadership Award in Athletics (2011-13) and was named an Academic All-Canadian in 2013. In the 2012-2013 season, Pauls was named team captain, and led the Cascades to their first-ever CCAA national championship, taking home CCAA individual silver medalist honours in the process. Pauls’s crowning achievement came in 2014 when he became the first UFV golfer to compete for Team Canada in the World University Golf Championships. One year later, he again competed on the international stage, representing UFV and Canada at the FISU Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea.
Aaron graduated from the kinesiology program at UFV on the Dean’s List in 2014 and entered graduate school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). During his time at UNLV, his research and studies were concentrated in the areas of motor behavior/learning and the optimization of human performance. Upon successfully defending his thesis, Pauls graduated from UNLV with a Masters in Kinesiology (motor behavior) in December of 2016. Away from the classroom, he spent much of his time around the UNLV golf program, assisting in the construction and delivery of mental skills training to players with mental skills coach Dr. Mark Guadagnoli while also shadowing assistant golf coach Philip Rowe on and off the golf course.
Pauls’s passion for coaching grew out of his own experiences playing university golf as well as his time spent in Las Vegas learning in the classroom and on the golf course. His goal is to pursue coaching as a career at the university level.