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Paul Hewitt

Paul Hewitt - Men's Basketball - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Years at Tech 2000-11 - 11 seasons
Alma Mater St. John Fisher 1985
Paul Hewitt - Men's Basketball - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Record at Tech: 190-162 (.540), 11 seasons
Overall Record: 256-189 (.575), 14 seasons

  • ACC Coach of the Year: 2001
  • MAAC Coach of the Year: 2000
  • BCA National Coach of the Year: 2004
  • NCAA Tournament: 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010
  • Final Four: 2004
  • NIT: 2000, 2003
  • USA Basketball U19 Head Coach, 2011
  • USA Basketball U18 Assistant Coach, 2006, 2010 (Gold medal)

Hewitt delivers commencement address at his alma mater in May, 2010

Named Georgia Tech[apos]s 12th head basketball coach on April 6, 2000, Paul Hewitt was given the task of restoring its basketball program to the level it achieved in the 1980[apos]s and early 90[apos]s with 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and three Atlantic Coast Conference championships.

In 11 seasons under Hewitt, Tech went to the NCAA Tournament five times, played for a national championship, played for two ACC championships, advanced to the Postseason NIT quarterfinals and won the Preseason NIT. He restored a national profile to Tech basketball with traditional values, instilling in his program the importance of strong defense, teamwork and sharing the basketball, individual skill development and mental preparation.

Hewitt compiled a record of 190-162 at Tech, and his overall record as a head coach is 256-189, with eight post-season appearances in 14 years. Hewitt expanded his experience by twice serving as an assistant coach for USA Basketball[apos]s Under-18 team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, helping the U.S. win a gold medal each time. He was named head coach for the 2011 USA Basketball Under-19 team. He finished his Tech career third among active coaches in the ACC in games coached and fourth in career victories. He ranks 17th in career victories all-time.

Born in Jamaica and reared on New York[apos]s Long Island, Hewitt received his highest accolades for guiding the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA in his very first season in 2001, and for taking them within one win of a national championship three years later in 2004. That season, Hewitt went to work with a team that had lost its two best rebounders, including Chris Bosh, who left Tech after one season to play in the NBA. Despite preseason predictions that had Tech finishing no better than seventh in the ACC, the Yellow Jackets started 12-0 and finished 28-10, tying a school record for victories in a season.

Along the way, Tech won the Preseason NIT, and in the process defeated a team ranked No. 1 in the country (Connecticut) for the first time in 11 years. Tech achieved its highest ACC regular season finish in eight years (a tie for third at 9-7). The Yellow Jackets, who posted a 9-6 record against Top 25 teams, defeated Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium to end a 41-game homecourt winning streak for the Blue Devils, and won at Wake Forest to snap a 24-game streak at home for the Demon Deacons.

Tech[apos]s success led to Hewitt receiving the Fritz Pollard Coach of the Year award by the Black College Coaches Association. He also was listed at No. 71 among the nation[apos]s 101 top minorities in sports by Sports Illustrated. Only 15 figures in college athletics, and only four men[apos]s basketball coaches, made that list.

Though Tech dealt with a number of injuries to key players the following season, Hewitt again guided the Yellow Jackets to a strong finish, tying for fourth place in the regular season and advancing to the championship game of the ACC Tournament, a first for the Jackets under Hewitt. Tech earned its third NCAA bid under Hewitt, and fourth post-season bid overall, and won its first-round game before being eliminated by Louisville. He guided Jackets back to the Big Dance in 2007 despite losing the team[apos]s top scorer in December.

In 2010, despite a strong reliance on four freshmen in his eight-man rotation, Hewitt guided the Jackets to their fourth NCAA Tournament, winning 23 games overall. Tech won three games in the ACC Tournament and lost a close game to Duke in the finals, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Midwest Regional.

In his very first season on the Flats, despite the prevailing pre-season opinions that had Tech finishing no better than eighth in the ACC and gave the Jackets little chance for a winning record, Hewitt guided a veteran squad with five seniors to an 8-8 record and a fifth-place finish in the nation[apos]s toughest conference. Tech[apos]s 17-13 record marked its first winning season since 1998, and the Jackets won their first ACC Tournament game and earned their first trip to the Big Dance since 1996.

Hewitt was recognized as the ACC Coach of the Year, only the second time in league history that a first-year coach had won the award. He was also named District 5 Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and was a finalist for the Naismith College Coach of the Year Award.

Emphasis on Player Development, Fundamentals

Hewitt demands a high level of physical conditioning and intensity. He teaches a style of basketball that is fast-paced, but is grounded in sound fundamentals.

His commitment to individual player development and instruction paid dividends not only for the Yellow Jackets as a team, but for all the Tech players as individuals. His philosophy of up-tempo offense combined with a pressure defensive attack in both the full-court and half-court helped bring excitement to Tech basketball.

Six of his players have earned first- or second-team All-ACC honors, including Iman Shumpert (second team in 2011), Jarrett Jack (second team in 2005), B.J. Elder (second team in 2004), Bosh (second team in 2003), Tony Akins (second team in 2002) and Alvin Jones (first team in 2001).

The recruiting efforts of Hewitt and his staff also resulted in strong contributions from Tech[apos]s players early in their careers as well. Three Tech players were named ACC Rookie of the Year, including Derrick Favors in 2010, Chris Bosh in 2003 and Ed Nelson in 2002. Seven players were named to the league[apos]s all-freshman team under Hewitt.

Several Tech players under Hewitt have gone on to play basketball professionally, including first-round draft picks Derrick Favors, the third overall pick by new Jersey in 2010; Chris Bosh, an NBA lottery choice in 2003 who is now with the Miami Heat; Jack, a first-round pick in 2005 now a point guard for the New Orleans Hornets; Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia) and Javaris Crittenton (Memphis), first-round choices in 2007; and Alvin Jones, a second-round choice in 2001 who spent time with the Philadelphia 76ers. Will Bynum and Luke Schenscher, seniors in 2005, as well as former walk-on Mario West, have spent time in NBA rosters, while four-year player Anthony Morrow is currently active with New Jersey. Others like Akins, B.J. Elder, Shaun Fein, Anthony McHenry and Isma[apos]il Muhammad continue to play pro basketball abroad.

Three of his assistant coaches became head coaches — Dean Keener at James Madison, Cliff Warren at Jacksonville and John O[apos]Connor at Holy Family in Philadelphia — while two players became assistants (Jon Babul at James Madison, Darryl LaBarrie at Campbell, East Carolina and Georgia Tech).

Community and National Involvement

Off the court, Hewitt involved himself in the Atlanta community. He conducts an annual golf outing and auction to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlanta. He also serves on the board of directors for Hearts Everywhere Reaching Out for Children (H.E.R.O.), which organizes activities and benefits HIV-infected children, and Camp Twin Lakes, which works with children with serious illnesses and special needs.

In the spring of 2009, Hewitt became part of a coalition of representatives of all levels of basketball — NCAA, NBA, AAU, WNBA, USA Basketball, among others — that began an initiative to improve the quality of youth basketball in America. He is the only NCAA Division I coach on the panel. In May of 2007, he was named to the 27-member panel of the NCAA[apos]s Acadamic Enhancement Group, which is charged with developing strategies to improve academic performance and graduation rates in Division I men[apos]s basketball.

In 2004, he conducted the Paul Hewitt Teamwork Summit, bringing together prominent figures in sports and Atlanta business circles to teach and promote leadership techniques. He serves on the board of directors for the Black Coaches Association, and frequently participates in public forums on issues facing college basketball and the student-athletes that participate in the sport.

Tech[apos]s players are solid citizens and students off the court as well because Hewitt demands it. No fewer than eight players on the Final Four team made the Dean[apos]s List at one time or another in their careers. Of the 26 seniors Hewitt has coached, all but five have graduated or are on track to do so soon after their professional basketball careers come to a close. All four seniors on the Final Four team received their degrees by the end of the 2004 calendar year, and three of five seniors on the 2004-05 squad have received theirs (two are still playing professionally overseas).

Siena Success Raised Profile

Tech[apos]s success under Hewitt should come as no surprise. Prior to his arrival in Atlanta, he posted a 66-27 mark as the head coach at Siena. At the Loudonville, N.Y., school, Hewitt revived a program that had been dormant since the mid-90[apos]s and molded it into one of the best in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and among the best in the Northeast.

In three seasons at Siena, Hewitt developed one of the nation[apos]s highest scoring teams. Siena ranked third nationally in scoring each of his last two seasons there, and in three seasons the team averaged 85.6 points per game while shooting 38.1 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the foul line.

Following a three-year stretch in which Siena won just 22 games, Hewitt guided a young Saints team to a 17-12 overall record in his first season, including a 10-8 mark in the MAAC and the school[apos]s first-ever berth in the MAAC Tournament title game. In his second year, Siena went 25-6 and earned the school[apos]s first-ever MAAC Tournament Championship and its the first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1989.

Hewitt guided the Saints to their first-ever outright conference regular-season title in 2000. Siena finished the season with a 24-9 overall mark and a MAAC-best 15-3 slate. He directed the Saints to their third consecutive MAAC Championship game appearance, and second consecutive postseason berth with a bid to the NIT.

From Journalism to Coaching

Hewitt came to Siena from the venerable Big East program at Villanova, where he spent five seasons (1992-97) as an assistant to head coach Steve Lappas. During his final season in Philadelphia, Hewitt was promoted to associate head coach. While there, Hewitt helped lead the Wildcats to four straight 20-win seasons, three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, and an NIT Championship in 1994. In 1997, Villanova was the No. 4 seed in the East Region, finishing the season with a 24-10 record.

In his time at Villanova, he helped the Wildcats land four top-20 recruiting classes from 1993 to 1997. Included in those classes were Tim Thomas, the nation[apos]s top-ranked high school senior in 1996, as well as Alvin Williams and Malik Allen, all of whom are active in the NBA.

Prior to his stint at Villanova, Hewitt served as an assistant coach at Fordham for two years (1990-92), when the Rams posted a 45-18 mark. During those two seasons, the Bronx school won two straight Patriot League regular-season championships and made the NCAA Tournament in 1992.

He moved to Fordham after spending a year under George Raveling at Southern California, where he served as a graduate assistant. Hewitt[apos]s first collegiate job came as an assistant coach at C.W. Post on Long Island during the 1988-89 school year. He helped guide the Pioneers to the ECAC New York State Division Championship that season.

Hewitt spent three years as the junior varsity head coach at his alma mater, Westbury High School on Long Island (1985-88), following his graduation from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. Hewitt returned to St. John Fisher last May to deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree (see photo gallery link above).

Born on May 4, 1963, in Kingston, Jamaica, Hewitt and his family moved to Queens, N.Y., when he was eight years old. He attended Westbury High School, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and economics from St. John Fisher in 1985. Hewitt was a four-year letterwinner and served as the Cardinals[apos] captain as a senior. He also worked toward a post-graduate degree in counseling and high school guidance at Long Island University and C.W. Post during the early stages of his coaching career.

Hewitt and his wife, Dawnette, have three daughters, Olivia, Danielle and Kayla.

Hewitt As A Head Coach

Year      School          Record    Conf   Post-Season
2010-11   Georgia Tech     13-18    5-11   none
2009-10   Georgia Tech     23-13    7-9    NCAA Midwest Regional
2008-09   Georgia Tech     12-19    2-14   none
2007-08   Georgia Tech     15-17     7-9   none
2006-07   Georgia Tech     20-12     8-8   NCAA Midwest Regional
2005-06   Georgia Tech     11-17    4-12   none
2004-05   Georgia Tech     20-12     8-8   NCAA West Regional (second round)
2003-04   Georgia Tech     28-10     9-7   NCAA National Finalist
2002-03   Georgia Tech     16-15     7-9   NIT quarterfinals
2001-02   Georgia Tech     15-16     7-9   none
2000-01   Georgia Tech     17-13     8-8   NCAA West Regional
1999-00   Siena             24-9    15-3   MAAC regular-season champions, NIT second round
1998-99   Siena             25-6    13-5   MAAC tournament champions, NCAA
1997-98   Siena            17-12    10-8   MAAC tournament runner-up
Totals                   256-189   110-120   Overall winning percentage (.575)


Hewitt As An Assistant Coach

  • 1996-97 Villanova 24-10 NCAA 2nd round
  • 1995-96 Villanova 26-7 NCAA 2nd round
  • 1994-95 Villanova 25-8 Big East tournament champions, NCAA
  • 1993-94 Villanova 20-12 NIT champions
  • 1992-93 Villanova 8-19
  • 1991-92 Fordham 20-10 Patriot League regular-season champions, NCAA
  • 1990-91 Fordham 25-8 Patriot League regular-season champions, NIT
  • 1989-90 Southern Cal 10-22 Graduate Assistant
  • 1988-89 C.W. Post 19-11 ECAC New York state division champions

The Hewitt File

  • Full Name: Paul Harrington Hewitt
  • Born: May 4, 1963 in Jamaica
  • Education: B.A. in Journalism and Economics (1985) St. John Fisher College (Rochester, N.Y.)
  • Playing Career: Four-year letterwinner at St. John Fisher (1982-85)
  • Family: Wife, Dawnette, and daughters Olivia, Danielle and Kayla
  • Joined Tech Staff: April 6, 2000
  • Left Tech Staff:March 12, 2011
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