Spartan basketball players join Tom Izzo for the 2014 Tom Izzo Holiday Radio Show. Coach Izzo plays holiday carols on his accordian while the players sing.
Kevin Pauga, who previously spent eight seasons with the Michigan State men's basketball team, is in his fourth season with the Spartan program as director of basketball operations, handling the day-to-day operations of the basketball program, including scheduling, traveling, budgets and summer camps.
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, Ill., Pauga received his bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State in 2004, with an external specialty in sports management.