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Tony Paper  |  Head Coach

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Coach Paper is entering his first full season as the Deacons head basketball coach.  In 2020, Tony took over in January as interim head coach, and led the Deacons to a state tournament appearance despite being the 6th seed in the EDC.  Coach Paper has been a referee in the Fargo/Moorhead and surrounding communities for the past 20 years, reffing both boys and girls from 3rd grade through high school. Coach Paper has been coaching boys and girls travel basketball for the past 12 years, from 4th grade through 8th grade.  For the past 6 years he has coached boy’s AAU basketball at the high school level, coaching some of the best players in the area, from different high schools at some of the biggest tournaments in the tri state area.

Coach Paper is bringing a new focus and attitude with him to the Shanley basketball program.  He is bringing in a culture of team and family first, where hard work, dedication and enthusiasm will be the cornerstones of a successful season.  Deacon players will focus not only on their offensive skills, but also their defensive skills, both individually and team concepts.

At camps, as during the season, players will work on the fundamentals of the game: ball handling, passing, screening and shooting on offense.  Footwork, communication, movement and court coverage will be key concepts on defense.  Coach Paper and his staff will enforce these principals for all campers and players.

Tony is a 1989 graduate of Fargo South where he was part of the undefeated ’89 Bruins basketball state title team. He then graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1994. He currently lives in Fargo with his wife, Brenda, of 25 years.  He has two kids, Jake aged 21 (and Coach Paper’s assistant coach), who is attending MSUM and Alyssa, aged 19, who is attending the University of St. Thomas and on the woman’s basketball team.

Go Deacons!