A highly effective communicator, Paris comes to the Hilltop after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at Northeastern University, the last two also handling duties as novice coach and recruiting coordinator.
While at Northeastern, her crew won a bronze medal at the 2011 Eastern Sprints, surpassing their fifth-place seed heading into the regatta. The squad finished its regular season undefeated with a 12-0 record. The previous year, her crew finished sixth in the Grand Final. Paris was nominated for the 2011 CRCA New England Regional Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Paris graduated cum laude from Wellesley College with a degree in English. She rowed for four years and captained the Blue as a senior in 2003. She led Wellesley to a fourth-place finish at its first-ever NCAA appearance, a NEWMAC Championship, and a bronze medal at the ECAC Championships. Paris was a NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Scholar Athlete and a CRCA Scholar Athlete. Twice she was named MVP of her team.
Post-graduation, Paris trained as a sculler with the Riverside Boat Club's High Performance Group in Cambridge, Mass., winning medals at Club Nationals, Canadian Henley and the Head of the Charles. In 2006, she served as an assistant coach with the Lightweight Men's HPG at Riverside, guiding them to three back-to-back wins in the Senior Lightweight Men's Eight, as well as the Senior Lightweight Men's Four in 2006 and 2008. She assisted Bruce Smith with the training of the U.S. Lightweight Men's Eight in 2006 and 2007 for the World Championships.
Paris received her Master of Science in sports leadership from Northeastern in 2008.