March 12, 2011
ATLANTA – Head men’s basketball coach Paul Hewitt has been relieved of his duties after 11 seasons at Georgia Tech.
The announcement came today from Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich, who said that a national search for Hewitt’s replacement would begin immediately.
Hewitt’s team concluded the 2010-11 season Thursday night with a 59-43 loss to Virginia Tech in the opening round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. The Yellow Jackets finished 13-18 overall, 5-11 in the ACC.
“I am very appreciative of Paul Hewitt’s dedication to Georgia Tech for the last 11 years,” Radakovich said. “Paul is an outstanding person who has made a positive impact on so many of our student-athletes.”
Hewitt, who took over for Bobby Cremins prior to the 2000-01 season, produced a record of 190-162 in 11 seasons with the Yellow Jackets. His overall career coaching record stands at 256-189 in 14 seasons.
The 12th head coach in Georgia Tech history, Hewitt led Georgia Tech to five NCAA Tournament appearances including the Final Four in 2004. He was the ACC Coach of the Year in 2004 and the Black Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2004.
More recently, however, the Yellow Jackets have suffered three losing seasons over the last four years.
“President (Dr. Bud) Peterson and I have been in constant communication and we both concur that this decision is in the best interest of Georgia Tech and our athletic program,” Radakovich said. “Today we will begin a quest to re-engage our fan base and set about to bring new energy and enthusiasm to Georgia Tech basketball.”
Hewitt came to Georgia Tech after posting a 66-27 won-loss record in three seasons as the head coach at Siena. Prior to Siena, Hewitt spent five seasons (1992-97) as an assistant coach at Villanova under head coach Steve Lappas.
Previously, Hewitt spent two years (1990-92) as an assistant coach at Fordham, and one year as a graduate assistant under George Raveling at Southern California. Hewitt’s first collegiate coaching position was as an assistant coach at C.W. Post in 1988-89.
Following graduation from Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., Hewitt spent three years as junior varsity head coach at his alma mater, Westbury High School on Long Island.
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’ 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 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 2nd rd.
1998-99 Siena 25-6 13-5 MAAC tournament champions, NCAA
1997-98 Siena 17-12 10-8 MAAC tournament runner-up
Totals 256-189 109-120 Overall winning percentage (.587)
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 champs, 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