HELENA — Kurt Paulson will have a lot of firsts this year as the new head coach for the Carroll College men’s basketball program.
This week, that first is his inaugural kids Competition Camp, and so far the former Saint player turned coach is happy with what he sees.
“I’m very excited about the turnout, and the best part of this camp is we have our Carroll players here and they are passing along the knowledge they’ve learned to this next wave of campers,” said Paulson. “They’re working with them and the campers look up to the Carroll guys, so it’s a great thing we have going in camp.”
These camps, especially for a new coach, are a great way to get involved with the community and help lay out their leadership style and attitude before the start of the season.
“Very first, we want to have a bunch of fun this week. We want to get better, skill development. Of course they want to do some competitions and games, but they’re learning some great concepts they can take back to their high school teams, middle school or younger, so we just want them to have fun and get on campus,” Paulson said. “It’s a great way to sell the brand of Carroll College and get some campers in here from out of town. We’re very excited about the turnout. It’s been a great week so far.”
The campers aren’t the only ones who are getting a chance to enjoy themselves this summer.
Now that Paulson is somewhat settled in his life back in Helena, he is getting out and taking advantage of what the city has to offer.
“I’ve taken in hiking up Mt. Helena, I love that hike,” said Paulson. “Getting out, some of the good restaurants we have in town. And just seeing familiar faces has been the best part — running into people that I haven’t seen in nine years and saying hello and get a great welcoming back to town.”