The George Washington University: Men's Basketball

Maurice Joseph
Maurice  Joseph

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Vermont '09


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Maurice Joseph completed his third season as an assistant coach at George Washington in 2015-16, and his fifth season overall on the staff of head coach Mike Lonergan.

Joseph, who spent two seasons as Assistant Director of Basketball Operations before moving into his role as an assistant coach, has helped the Colonials to 74 wins the past three seasons which is the most in a three-year stretch in school history. In 2015-16, GW won a school-record 28 games while capturing its first ever postseason title by winning the NIT.

Joseph, who had a successful playing career before moving into coaching, has played a key role in the development of GW's perimeter players. Patricio Garino earned All-Atlantic 10 honors in 2015-16 after averaging career bests in scoring (14.1 ppg) and three-point shooting (.430), leading the league in the latter category during the regular season.

"MoJo is one of the greatest leaders I have ever coached," said Lonergan. "He was elected Captain at Vermont by his teammates before he ever suited up for a game. He now leads our players in their development on and off the court. He is especially gifted in working on improving our players' outside shooting. He helped Patricio go from being an average shooter into having the top three-point shooting percentage in the A-10. His energy and enthusiasm is contagious, and he has become a valued member of our staff as a coach and recruiter."

In his first season as assistant coach working with GW's guards in 2013-14, he helped develop a pair of All-Atlantic 10 performers in Garino and Maurice Creek. That backcourt duo, along with point guard Joe McDonald, helped the Colonials match the third-most wins in program history and reach the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

In addition to his work with the backcourt, Joseph is responsible for scouting and game-planning in season, and has had an impact on the recruiting trail. Most recently, GW signed five prep players from the class of 2016 which Lonergan has described as having the potential to be the best in his 23-year head coaching career.

A native of Montreal, Quebec, Joseph began his collegiate playing career at Michigan State in 2005 and played for two seasons under coach Tom Izzo, helping the Spartans make two NCAA Tournament appearances and win a total of 45 games.

He transferred to the University of Vermont in 2007 and became a two-year captain under Lonergan, leading the Catamounts to 24 wins in 2009 and 25 wins in 2010, including an America East Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. That season, Joseph was the team's second-leading scorer (13.9 ppg) while shooting a career-best .374 (77-206) from three-point range. He also ranked second in the America East in free throw percentage (.848) in 2009-10.

Joseph also had a decorated prep career at Champlain-St. Lambert in Montreal. As a senior, he averaged 24 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals while leading his team to the Provincial finals and serving as team captain, and was named Canada's National Player of the Year in 2005. He is the older brother of former Syracuse standout and 2012 NBA draftee Kris Joseph.

Joseph and his wife, Kristen, reside in Arlington, Va.

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