Paul Hewitt Introduced as Ninth Mason Men’s Basketball Head Coach
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: May 4, 2011 at 9:07 am
Courtesy of George Mason University Athletics
Mason Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Tom O’Connor formally introduced Paul Hewitt as the ninth head men’s basketball coach in program history on Monday, May 2. The 48-year-old Hewitt arrives in Fairfax following an 11-year stint as head coach at Georgia Tech.
Hewitt led the Yellow Jackets for 11 seasons, guiding them to five NCAA tournament appearances, including a national runner-up finish in 2004, as well as two ACC Championship title game appearances. Under Hewitt, the 2001 ACC Coach of the Year and 2004 BCA National Coach of the Year, Tech compiled a record of 190-162 (.540), including a mark of 7-5 in NCAA Tournament play. The Yellow Jackets also appeared in the NIT twice under Hewitt, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2003.
Among his notable achievements at Georgia Tech, Hewitt is regarded as a top-level recruiter, having sent 10 players to the NBA, including five first-round draft selections. Under Hewitt, six Yellow Jacket players earned first- or second-team All-ACC honors, along with three ACC Rookie of the Year selections and seven all-freshman selections.
Hewitt’s coaching career extends beyond the college game, as he currently serves as the head coach of the USA Basketball Under-19 Team. Serving as an assistant coach, he helped lead the USA Basketball Under-18 Team twice to gold medals, taking home first place in 2006 and 2010.
Off the court, Hewitt involved himself in the community while in Atlanta. He has conducted an annual golf outing and auction to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlanta. Hewitt has served 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.
Prior to his arrival in Atlanta, Hewitt spent three seasons as the head coach at Siena, earning his first head coaching position at the age of 32 and amassing a record of 66-27 (.710). There, he guided the Saints to two postseason appearances, including a MAAC Tournament championship and NCAA berth in 1999. The prior year, the Saints were conference runners-up in Hewitt’s first season at the helm, and in 2000, he led Siena to a 24-9 record, a MAAC regular-season title, and to the second round of the NIT. In 14 total seasons as a head coach, Hewitt’s career record stands at 256-189 (.575).
Before beginning his head coaching career, Hewitt spent nine years as an assistant coach, concluding with five seasons at Villanova. He also served as an assistant at Fordham (1990-92), Southern California (1989-90) and C.W. Post (1988-89).
Hewitt is a 1985 graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., where he was a four-year letterwinner for the Cardinals. Hewitt and his wife, Dawnette, have three daughters, Olivia, Danielle and Kayla.
HEWITT AS A HEAD COACH
Year School Record Conf Postseason
2010-11 Georgia Tech 13-18 5-11 –
2009-10 Georgia Tech 23-13 7-9 NCAA Midwest Regional
2008-09 Georgia Tech 12-19 2-14 –
2007-08 Georgia Tech 15-17 7-9 –
2006-07 Georgia Tech 20-12 8-8 NCAA Midwest Regional
2005-06 Georgia Tech 11-17 4-12 –
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 –
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 Kingston, Jamaica
B.A. in Journalism and Economics (1985)
St. John Fisher College (Rochester, N.Y.)
Four-year letterwinner at St. John Fisher (1982-85)
Wife, Dawnette, and daughters Olivia, Danielle and Kayla
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