Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Paul Hewitt turned down a chance to coach St. John’s last season in order to remain at Georgia Tech.
Now, he’s out of a job.
“I am very appreciative of Paul Hewitt’s dedication to Georgia Tech for the last 11 years,” Georgia Tech AD Dan Radakovich said. “Paul is an outstanding person who has made a positive impact on so many of our student-athletes.”
The University will reportedly buy out Hewitt for the $7 million he is owed.
Plus, with coaching vacancies opening up around the country, Hewitt’s name could surface at a place like Providence.
Hewitt, who took over for Bobby Cremins prior to the 2000-01 season, went 190-162 in 11 seasons with the Yellow Jackets. His overall career coaching record was 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 Steve Lappas.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.