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Class of 1982
A football and lacrosse standout who was a Dual County League all-star
in both sports and an All-American in lacrosse, Paul Paglia went on to a
successful football and lacrosse career at Tufts University.
Paglia grew up in Carlisle with his three siblings, including sister Jodi Paglia
Dolan, a CCHS Hall of Fame inductee in 2010. Spurred on by older brother,
Richard, Paglia started playing organized youth sports in Elementary school
and continued on at Wilkins Junior High in Carlisle.
Paglia spent his freshman year at CCHS watching fellow inductee Bill Moszka and the Patriot varsity football team roll to the DCL and Super Bowl titles, and ended up as a starting member of the varsity for his final three years under Hall of Fame inductee Al Robichaud. A two-way player at RB/LB, Paglia was a senior co-captain and DCL all-star for the 1981 squad that shared the DCL title with Acton-Boxboro.
Paglia spent one year playing basketball before focusing his efforts on the great lacrosse teams of the era under Hall of Fame coach and lacrosse pioneer Jim McClellan. Despite entering CCHS with no formal lacrosse background, Paglia took to the sport quickly, learning on the freshman team under Coach Dick Kerr. Paglia then started for three years on varsity under McClellan, culminating in a dominating 16-5 win over vaunted Longmeadow for the program's first-ever state title in 1982. For his efforts, Paglia was named All-American and All-Scholastic by several different Boston newspapers.
"I was fortunate to be coached at CCHS by inspirational men like Al Robichaud, Dick Kerr, Jim McClellan, Dave Castelline, Joe Leone and Dick DiMare, who played a huge role in any success I had," said Paglia. "All were great people and great role models who taught me how to play the games the way it was meant to be played. My memories are of Coach Kerr starting every freshman lacrosse practice, rain or shine, by yelling 'It's a great day for lacrosse,' monkey rolls with Coach Leone, and running hills with Coach DiMare. Those all contributed to the state lacrosse title my senior year and the dominating final-game victory over Bedford on Thanksgiving my senior year."
Following graduation, Paglia took his talents down Route 2 to Tufts University where he played for yours of lacrosse and two years of football for the Jumbos. A starter in lacrosse for most of his career, Paglia was teammates with his brother, Richard, and earned All-New England and All-NESCAC honors as a senior in 1986.
Paglia currently resides in Needham, MA and works as a sales representative in the area. He and wife, Roberta, welcomed their daughter, Gemma, in 2012.