While at Dos Pueblos, Paula played the role as a scrappy guard that helped lead the basket ball team into the CIF Large School Finals in 1979. As a senior in 1980, she earned All-CIF Second Team and All-Channel League First Team honors and was co-captain as well as Best Defensive Player. Paula also played three years of varsity tennis doubles at Dos Pueblos on a team that reached the CIF Finals two consecutive years. To finish her high school career, Paula joined the varsity softball team.
Paula was a starting guard for most games during her four years at UCSB. She earned several awards for defense in her years as a Gaucho, and as MVP led her senior-year team in assists and steals. Her favorite award voted by teammates was “Most Hustle.” Paula still holds several all-time UCSB records, including a top-ten place in career steals.
After graduating from UCSB in 1984, Paula worked as a private banker and lender in Los Angeles while she received a Masters degree in Business Administration at Pepperdine University. Since moving to Colorado with her husband, Bob, in 1997, Paula has been busy raising their three children and being active in their children’s school, including the role of PTO president. She has coached many youth teams in both soccer and basketball and organized a swim program for children and adults in her community. Paula remains active in athletics running triathlons, skiing, swimming, and playing tennis and racquetball.
Paula Bowen Canty is grateful for the experience that athletics provided, and how it has shaped her life today. She is proudest ofthe time she has spent coaching children and passing on the love for competition and physical fitness.