Athletics News

National Search for Men's Basketball Coach Underway

April 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University today announced the release of Karl Hobbs as head men's basketball coach. The university will begin immediately a nationwide search for his successor, led by incoming athletics director Patrick Nero.

"The university determined that now is the time for new leadership of GW's men's basketball team. On behalf of the university, I thank Karl Hobbs for his dedicated service and the many successes he achieved during his tenure," said Senior Vice Provost and Senior Vice President Robert Chernak, who as part of his portfolio oversees the university's athletics programs.

Karl Hobbs has served as head men's basketball coach since 2001. Under his leadership, GW twice won the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament championship, in 2005 and 2007. GW captured the A-10 regular season title in 2006, and made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Hobbs was named 2006 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.

"Karl Hobbs brought GW men's basketball to new heights of success and achieved many firsts for GW men's basketball that will never be forgotten. I thank him for his significant contributions to GW athletics and I wish him every success in his future endeavors," said Jack Kvancz, GW Director of Athletics.

Hobbs' current contract was set to expire next year. His release is effective immediately.

"It has been an honor to serve as head coach of the George Washington University's men's basketball team. I am proud of what we achieved here and am grateful to have had the chance to work with and guide the development and accomplishments of so many outstanding student-athletes. I thank the university, particularly President Trachtenberg and President Knapp, for its support and wish the Colonials great success in the future," said Hobbs.

In the heart of the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 130 countries. The university's Department of Athletics fields teams in 22 varsity sports (10 men's, 12 women's), 16 of which compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference.