Paul began his youth career as a slick-fielding shortstop at Clinton High, where he won Summit County Player of the Year Award in his senior season. He developed into an outstanding outfielder while with Coventry American Legion, Doylestown Legion, Clinton Merchants, Canton Road Furniture. While playing at the University of Michigan, Paul was an All-Big Ten honoree during his 3 years there, helping the Wolverines win the NCAA National Title in 1953. In '53, he was 3rd team All-American, led the Big Ten in RBI and was third in hitting. He spent four years in the Detroit minor league system before turning to coaching. He coached at Juanita Miffentown, Pennsylvania, for 5 years and another 6 years at Castleton State College in Vermont where his squad won the New England College Championship in 1964. He was Dean at Northeastern Univeristy for 25 years and now is a volunteer coach in the Northeastern area.