University of Miami Athletics

Paulo Coelho






185 lbs.




Figueira de Foz, Portugal

High School

Universidad de Porto

Paulo Coelho - Men's Basketball - University of Miami Athletics

At Miami: Fifth-year senior who will compete for playing time at both point guard and shooting guard…a tremendous shooter with good court vision and savvy…brings a wealth of international experience to the Hurricane backcourt.

As a Junior (2001-2002): Played in 18 games averaging 0.7 points, 0.2 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 3.8 minutes per game. In the Regular Season: Played six minutes off the bench in the Hurricanes’ season-opener against Eastern Michigan (11-18-01) and recorded two rebounds…played a season-high 13 minutes against Lafayette (11-24-01) recording three points, one rebound and two assists…played three minutes against Florida Atlantic (11-26-01)…recorded one assist…played under one minute in the Hurricanes’ victory over cross-town rival Florida International (12-3-01)…played six minutes against Florida A&M (12-18-01) recording a season-high five points and one steal…scored two points in three minutes against LSU (12-27-01)…was 2-2 from the line and recorded one steal…recorded one steal in six minutes off the bench against Virginia Tech (1-12-02)…saw five minutes of action against Providence 91-19-02) recording one rebound, one block and one steal…recorded one assists in one minute against St. John’s (2-13-02)…recorded one assists in less than a minute of play against Rutgers (2-17-02)…recoded three points in three minutes of action against Providence (2-26-02). In the Big East Tournament: Did not score in three minutes of action against Georgetown (3-7-02)…did not play against Pittsburgh (3-8-02). In the NCAA Tournament: Did not score in two minutes of action against Missouri (3-14-02).

As a Redshirt (2000-01): Sat out entire season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right leg prior to the season.

As a Sophomore (1999-00): Played in 31 games last season making four starts…averaging 2.0 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game…ranked second on the team with a 1.44-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. In the Regular Season: Made fourth career start versus Notre Dame (2-26-00) and recorded eight points to go with two rebounds, two assists and three steals…recorded seven points, three rebounds and tied career-highs with seven assists and three steals against Florida Atlantic (12-27-99)…started and played 17 minutes against UNC Charlotte (12-7-99)…recorded two points, one rebound, two assists and two steals…made second career start against Memphis (12-4-99) and recorded two points, a career-high four rebounds and six assists in a career-high 36 minutes of action…made first career start and recorded six points and a career-high seven assists against Monmouth (11-23-99). In the Big East Tournament: Played in both games averaging 1.5 minutes per contest…did not score in two minutes against Notre Dame (3-9-00)…played one minute versus St. John’s (3-10-00). In the NCAA Tournament: Came off the bench to play five minutes against Arkansas (3-17-00)…did not score…played two minutes against Tulsa (3-24-00) recording one rebound.

As a Freshman (1998-99): Played in 20 games averaging 1.0 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 5.8 minutes per game…missed first three games of the season while serving a three-game penalty handed down by the NCAA and the University of Miami for his participation in three club games over the summer in Portugal. In the Regular Season: Saw first game action at No. 8 Kentucky and did not score in one minute of work…played 10 minutes against Central Florida (12-11-98) and recorded a career-high three points to go with one assist and a team-high three steals…played a career-high 33 minutes against Pittsburgh (1-30-99) recording five points, two rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals…was 1-2 from the field, both from three point range, and 2-2 from the line…played 13 minutes off the bench against Villanova (2-16-99) and recorded six assists with no turnovers…scored six points on 1-4 shooting from the floor, all form three-point range, and 3-4 form the line…played six minutes against Pittsburgh (2-23-99) handing out two assists while recording no turnovers. In the Big East Tournament: Was on the active roster but did not see any action. In the NCAA Tournament: Played in both games…averaged 2.5 minutes per game.

At Universidad de Porto: Attended one year, studying pre-medicine, but did not play basketball because school did not have a team.

High School: Attended Escola Secundaria Dr. Joaquin de Carvalho but did not play basketball because school did not have a team.

Club Ball: Starting point guard for the world team that defeated the United States at the NIKE Hoop Summit at the 1998 Final Four in San Antonia, TX…was one of only three Europeans selected to attend the prestigious NIKE All-America Camp in Indianapolis, IN…has been a member of Ginasio Clube Figueirense since the age of seven…started all 15 games for Ginasio in 1997-98 and averaged 17.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game…was named the 1997 MVP of the Portuguese amateur league…was team captain of the Under-16 National Team that recorded a 9th-place finish, Portugal’s best ever, at the European Championships.

Personal: Full name is Joáo Paulo Coelho…name is pronounced JAY-o POW-lo Ko-A-lo…Chemistry/Education major…born March 14, 1979 in Marinha Grande, Portugal…enjoys working on his computer, listening to music, watching movies and competing in other sports such as soccer, tennis and swimming in his spare time…lists Contact by Carl Sagan as his favorite book…has one brother, Pedro Miguel (18)…son of Victor Manuel and Ana Margarida Coelho…father is a former member of the Portuguese National Basketball team while his mother is a former gold medal winning swimmer at the Portuguese National Championships.


          3-point       Rebounds              
1998-99 20-0   5-16 .312 3-13 .231 7-9 .778 1-5 6-0.3 6 5 1 11 10-0 20-1.0
1999-00 31-4   19-70 .271 9-39 .231 14-19 .737 3-26 29-0.9 39 21 1 27 43-1 61-2.0
2000-01   Redshirt                            
2001-02 18-0 69-3.8 3-15 .200 3-10 .300 4-4 1.000 0-4 4-0.2 6 5 1 7 15-0 13-0.7
Total 59-4 498-8.4 27-101 .267 15-62 .242 25-32 .781 4-35 39-0.7 51 31 3 45 68-1 94-1.6