Paul Deon
Paul Deon
Title: Associate Head Coach/Def. Coordinator
Phone: (860)908-6130

Deon is in his second season on the Bears coaching staff. Under his leadership as Defensive Coordinator, the 2018 Bears became one of top defenses in the nation, leading NEWMAC with 178 forced turnovers and a 6.5 goals against average, ranking 7th in all of Division III.

Coach Deon spent four years as the varsity head coach at Daniel Hand High School in Madison Connecticut, where he turned them into a lacrosse powerhouse. Coach Deon lead the Daniel Hand Tigers to three consecutive trips to the Class M state championship game from 2015-2017 and four consecutive trips to the Class M semifinals from 2014-2017.

Before coaching at Daniel Hand, Coach Deon spent four years as the varsity head coach at Stonington (CT) High School. Prior to his tenure, the program had been winless in the state tournament. Coach Deon led the Stonington team to the Class S Semifinals in 2010, 2011, 2013 and the Class S Quarterfinals in 2012 as well as three consecutive small division conference championships from 2011-2013.

In 2006, Coach Deon began his high school coaching career as an assistant coach at East Lyme (CT) High School. During his four years on staff, the team reached four straight large division conference championships, three trips to the Class M quarterfinals and one Class M semifinal appearance.

Deon has had the honor of coaching numerous All-State and All-Conference players to include two All-Americans and four Academic All-Americans. His players have gone on to play lacrosse at all collegiate levels as well as professionally.

As a varsity head coach, Deon holds a combined record 112-48. His awards include CHSCA Outstanding Head Coach of the year (2017), US Lacrosse Class S Coach of the Year (2011), New London Day and Norwich Bulletin All-Area Head Coach of the Year (2011, 2013) and New Haven Register All-Area Head Coach of the Year (2014). Deon was elected to chair the US Lacrosse All American committee, serving a three-year term from 2011-2013. He also had the honor of being the head coach of the Connecticut senior All-star game in 2013 and 2014.

Coach Deon is in his 19th year employed with the State of Connecticut Department of Corrections and is a four year veteran of the United States Navy.