Paul was a graduate of Ford City H.S. and the United States Naval Academy. He was a 4 year starter in baseball at Ford City as a shortstop and pitcher. He helped lead Ford City to the section championship 1982-83 and was voted to the all section team in 1983-84. As a member of the Naval Academy baseball team Paul played 3rd base and was a 2 year letter winner. During his career at the Academy the team qualified for the NCAA Tournament and were Eastern Intercollegiate League champions .Paul served his country from 1988-96 . He was a Navy Pilot on the USS American Carrier group out of Norfolk and deployed to the Persian gulf war in 1991.Paul also served as a flight instructor and is currently a Helicopter Pilot and Flight Instructor for Stat-Med -Evac.