A four-year student at Williston, Paul Doty was an All-American in diving in 1962 and 1963 and a swimming All-Amerian in the Medley Relay in 1964. His accomplishments in the pool were impressive, but it was on the lacrosse field that Duck achieved legendary status. Captain of the 1964 undefeated team, he was named an All-New England selection in lacrosse that same year.
Following his career at Williston, Duck went on to Denison University, where he was named an All-American in lacrosse twice and set four records for the Big Red: most assists in a game, most assists in a season (which still stands today), most points in a game, and most points in a season. While at Denison, he led the nation in scoring (6.7 points per game), and he was named First Team All-American in 1968. He was the first lacrosse player elected to Denison’s Hall of Fame in 1982.
Duck was a born coach and spent his career doing just that. He coached
lacrosse and soccer at Tabor Academy, where he was New England Coach of
the Year in 1970. Both his boys lacrosse and soccer teams won New England
championships in 1972.
He left Tabor to become the Head Lacrosse Coach at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, from which he received his master’s in 1973. He coached the Tar Heels from 1972 to 1979. The team achieved a fifth place national ranking in 1976 and made the NCAA Playoffs, beating the University of Virginia for the first time in the program’s history. Duck returned to coaching at Southern Oregon University following time away from the field in 2013.
Duck continues to compete in new sports. In 1988, he placed third in the National Masters cross-country ski 30K race, and in 2005, he was part of a six-man team that won both the National Champions in Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Racing and the Catalina Island 30 mile race.
The Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, dinner, and reception will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Register to attend here.
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I had the honor of knowing Duck at Williston Academy where I witnessed his athletic success in the pool and the Lax field. As a fellow lax player, 1 year behind him, I experienced his leadership as Capt and capabilities as an extraordinary attack/scorer. I have a photo of him scoring the winning goal in a championship game as he was triple teamed and knocked unconscious. He was in a class by himself.