Paul Amaral
Paul Amaral
Induction Year: 2002
Class: 1982
Sport(s): Football

An outstanding defensive back, Paul Amaral played three years of football at Norwich University.Ameral played in 1978 and 1979 before missing the 1980 season to battle testicular cancer. Amaral came back to the Cadets program in 1981 after overcoming the cancer, to have his best season. He was selected as a Boston Herald 1st-team defensive back, won the Coaches’ Award, and was the Jerry Nason Award winner as named by the New England Football Writers. Amaral became interested in a career in athletics while at Norwich, working in the athletic training room as a senior. He eventually moved into coaching, and has been active coaching volleyball ever since. He spent two years in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, coaching and developing community volleyball programs. While in Guatemala he met and married his wife, Gloria. He also did a stint as an intern for the Uruguay Olympic Committee. He has coached at both the collegiate and high school level since his return from Guatemala in 1988. As boys’ head volleyball coach at East Greenwich high school he coached teams that won back-to-back state championships in 1995 and 1996, where his team had an undefeated season and he was named the Division II Coach of the Year. He has also served as an assistant coach at Brown University and Providence College. Recently, Amaral has taken over the tennis coaching position at East Providence Senior High School, where his teams have won the Class B state title the last two seasons. He currently teaches Health Education at East Providence Senior High School, where he has worked for the past 13 years. Paul, and his wife, Gloria, have four children: Jessica, Alexandria, Jillian and Aaron.