Paquette joined the football coaching staff at Middlebury in the summer of 2014 and enters his seventh season in 2020-21. He also serves as the department’s strength and conditioning coach. Paquette came to Middlebury from Maine Maritime Academy, where he was the defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach for two seasons.
During his two years in Castine, Paquette coached two All-New England Football Conference selections and guided a defense that ranked in the top three in fumble recoveries and defensive touchdowns in the New England Football Conference (NEFC). In his position as the Mariners’ strength and conditioning coach, Paquette provided sport-specific workout plans for each of the school’s athletic teams.
Prior to Maine Maritime, he served for six seasons at Salve Regina University. Paquette coached all areas of the defense, including the defensive line, linebackers and defensive backs, as well as special teams. He also served as the team’s video coordinator.
Before entering collegiate coaching, Paquette held the title as the linebacker and running back coach for a year at the Pingree School in Massachusetts.
Paquette is a certified member of the United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) program as well as the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). He was also recently certified by the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), while holding an additional Strength and Conditioning Certification.
A 2007 graduate of Endicott College with a degree in sport management, Paquette was a three-year letter winner for the Gulls football team and also a two-time Academic All-Conference selection.