Paul Shoults, Miami Hall of Famer, Passes Away

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Aug. 22, 2011

Former Miami Football Star Paul Shoults Passes Away Served EMU athletic department from 1977-87

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Paul Shoults, who served the Eastern Michigan University department of athletics from 1977-87, the final five as the director of athletics, passed away Aug. 21, in South Bend, Ind. He was 85.

Shoults enjoyed a long and illustrious athletic career as a player, a coach and an administrator.

He joined the EMU athletics staff in 1977 as an associate athletic director under Athletic Director Alex Agase after serving as a defensive secondary coach and defensive coordinator at the University of Notre Dame from 1964-77. When Agase left the university in June 1982, Shoults was named the replacement. Shoults hired Gene Smith, now the director of athletics at Ohio State University, to serve as his assistant athletic director in 1983. Smith succeeded Shoults as EMU's A.D. in 1987 when Shoults retired.

A native of Washington Court House, Ohio, Shoults earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Miami University in 1949 and 1955 respectively.

As a collegiate at Miami, Shoults played four years of football and was named the Most Valuable Player while also serving as a team captain in 1948. He was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975.

After graduation from college, Shoults played one year of professional football with the New York Bulldogs (1949) before becoming the head football coach at Dayton (Ohio) Fairview High School in 1950-51.

In 1952, Shoults returned to Miami University as an assistant football coach under then Head Coach Ara Parseghian.

Shoults left Miami in 1956 to become an assistant coach at Northwestern University, again under Parseghian. He moved on to Notre Dame in 1964 when Parseghian was named head coach and remained there until joining the staff at EMU in 1977.

Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 25, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Welsheimer Funeral Home in South Bend (17033 Cleveland Rd.). A brief service will follow. A graveside service and burial will be Saturday, Aug. 27, at Sugar Creek Baptist Cemetery in Washington Court House, Ohio.