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Paul Galbenski

Paul Galbenski was named the 2011-2012 Michigan Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Department of Education. Coach Galbenski is the first Career and Technical Education Teacher to earn this prestigious award. Coach Galbenski was the the head coach of the Lahser Knights boys' basketball team for three years from 2005-2007. Following the 2007-08 season, Coach Galbenski stepped down as the head coach to pursue other career opportunities.  Coach Galbenski is still very active in the Bloomfield Hills community by hosting his annual Knights Basketball Coaching Academy as well as his Noah Basketball Youth Skills and Shooting Clinics. In 2008, Coach Galbenski joined the staff at Detroit Country Day as an assistant coach under Frank Orlando.  The Lady Yellowjackets had a tremendous 2008-2009 season winning the Class B State Championship.  During the 2008-2009 school year, Coach Galbenski was the recipient of the Wells F. Cook Master Teacher of Secondary Business Education Award presented by the Michigan Business Education Association (MBEA).  Also during the 2008-2009 school year, Coach Galbenski earned a Japan Fulbright Memorial Teacher Fund Scholarship.  Over 1,700 teachers applied from across the country and he was one of the 320 teachers selected to spend three weeks in Japan learning about Japanese business, education and culture. During his tenure with Lahser, Coach Galbenski led the Knights to an Oakland Activities Association Division IV League Championship and was named O.A.A. Coach of the Year during the 2006-2007 season. Coach Galbenski spent the previous eight years as the varsity boys' basketball coach at Royal Oak Kimball. During his tenure at Kimball, he led the Knights to consecutive Oakland Activities Association league championships during the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 seasons. During the 1998-1999 season, Galbenski was named O.A.A. Division III Coach of the Year and also was named All Area Coach of the Year by The Royal Oak Daily Tribune. Upon completion of the 1999-2000 season, Coach Galbenski was named Oakland County Class "A" Coach of the Year, Second Team, by The Oakland Press.

Coach Galbenski is a graduate of Central Michigan University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Speech and Broadcasting in 1989. He earned his master’s degree in 1992 in Interpersonal and Public Communication while working as a graduate assistant at CMU.

Paul is a graduate of Madison Heights Bishop Foley Catholic High School and began his coaching career at Bishop Foley in 1991. During that season, Galbenski led the freshman girl’s team to a Catholic League Championship. After the completion of the 1991 season, Galbenski was hired to teach at Eaton Rapids High School. During the ensuing four years, he taught in the business department and coached the freshman boys' basketball team, junior varsity girls' basketball team and was the varsity assistant baseball coach. During his tenure at Eaton Rapids, he was the National Honor Society advisor and the director of the Elementary Youth Basketball Program for the City of Eaton Rapids.

In 1995, Paul returned to Royal Oak as an instructor at the Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast, in the Business, Management, Marketing & Technology program. At OSTC SE, Paul is a co-advisor for the Global Trade Mission and an advisor for Skill USA Championships as well as a committee member for the National Technical Honor Society. He was the varsity assistant boys' basketball coach at Bishop Foley from 1995-1997. During the 1997 season, Galbenski helped lead Foley to a District Championship.

Besides conducting Noah Basketball Shooting Clinics around the state, Galbenski started the Knights Basketball Coaching Academy in 1999. The focus of the academy is to provide a variety of basketball drills, skills and knowledge for coaches just beginning their career and a few new tricks of the trade for those coaches who may have been around awhile. Each coach receives a list of basketball Internet web sites, a basketball notebook, BCAM (Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan), CAP (Coaches Advancement Program, sponsored by the MHSAA) information, a list of must read basketball books, on court player demonstrations, and much more.

Paul, Susan and their children Michael and Anna reside in Royal Oak.

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