Kevin Pauga, who previously spent six seasons as the Director of Men's Basketball Operations, was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Administration in August 2015. He serves on MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis' leadership team.
Pauga will fill some of the activities of the soon-to-be retiring Peggy Brown in the business office, including long-term budgeting, charter and travel coordination, and postseason planning, and will also be engaged in scheduling and special projects assigned by the athletics director.
As the Director of Men's Basketball Operations, Pauga handled the day-to-day operations of the basketball program, including scheduling, traveling, budgets and summer camps. During his tenure, the Spartans advanced to the Final Four in 2010 and 2015 and won Big Ten Championships in 2010 and 2012 in addition to the 2012 and 2014 Big Ten Tournament titles.
In 2008-09, Pauga served as data analyst for the Big Ten Conference. He worked closely on various projects, including conference scheduling for multiple sports, statistical analyses, television, communications and was involved in both the men's and women's conference basketball tournaments.
Previously, Pauga spent eight seasons at Michigan State. He served as the video coordinator for four seasons (2004-08), assisting the MSU coaching staff in breaking down game and practice films and opponent game videos. He also coordinated the film exchange between Michigan State and other schools, and prepared special video projects. Pauga also assisted with non-conference scheduling and supervised the student managers. During his stint as video coordinator, Michigan State advanced to four NCAA Tournaments, including the 2005 Final Four.
As an undergraduate student, Pauga served four seasons as a student manager (2000-04), including holding the position of senior manager during the 2003-04 season. He also served as team manager for the 2003 USA Basketball Pan American Games team, coached by Tom Izzo, during its training camp in Orlando. During his stint as manager, MSU appeared in four NCAA Tournaments and made the 2001 Final Four and 2003 Elite Eight, while also capturing the 2001 Big Ten Championship.
A native of Willowbrook, Illinos, Pauga received his bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State in 2004, with an external specialty in sports management.