Walter Paschal: Head Coach (14th Season; 189-150)
Walter Paschal is in his 14th season as the head coach of the Fitchburg State women's basketball team. He has compiled a .558 winning percentage, becoming the program's all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 189-150.
Throughout his time on the sideline, Paschal has been active leading the Falcons to a MASCAC regular season championship, a MASCAC tournament title, and the program's first-ever, NCAA Tournament berth. Over his 13 years at the helm, Paschal has produced 19 All-Conference players, 2 Rookies of the Year and 2 MASCAC Player of the Year.
Over the 2011-12 season, Paschal witnessed was of his strongest starts, posting an unprecedented 13-0 mark to open the year. The Falcons finished with an overall mark of 16-9 and qualified for the MASCAC playoffs as the sixth-seed, while naming one player to the MASCAC All-Conference team and the DIII Hoops All-Region team.
During the 2006-07 campaign, Fitchburg State witnessed one of its most prolific years under Paschal as the Falcons captured both the MASCAC regular season and playoff crown. Fitchburg State advanced advanced to the NCAA Tournament game vs. Norwich University, setting several program records on their way (most wins, 26; winning streak, 23). For his efforts, Paschal earned his second MASCAC Coach of the Year nomination while also collecting D3Hoops.com Northeast Coach of the Year and WBCA Regional Coach of the Year honors
Over the next two seasons, Fitchburg State continued to soar, advancing to the MASCAC Tournmanet during both years. In 2007, Paschal led the Falcons to an ECAC New England Tournament Finals berth with a 20-9 mark and a 9-3 clip in the conference. In 2008, Fitchburg State battled to a second place showing in the MASCAC with a 16-10 record (9-3 MASCAC), before posting a 10-15 mark in 2009.
Prior to his arrival at Fitchburg State, Paschal served as an assistant coach at Framingham State for two seasons and Emerson College for one year. In addition, Paschal served as an assistant varisy coach for Newton North High School.
A graduate of Bridgewater State, Paschal currenlty teaches adaptive physical education at the Learning Prep School in West Newton. He resides in Holden, Mass. with his daughter, Abby (8) and son, Logan (5).