Saturday, March 12, 2011

Georgia Tech relievesPaul Hewitt of duties.

Four losing seasons in six years were more than coach Paul Hewitt could survive at Georgia Tech.

School athletic director Dan Radakovich announced today that Hewitt has been relieved of his duties as the Yellow Jackets' basketball coach after 11 seasons.

Hewitt directed Georgia Tech to an appearance in the 2004 NCAA championship game, where the Yellow Jackets lost to Connecticut.

But Georgia Tech has posted losing records in three of the past four seasons, including a 13-18 mark in 2010-11. Hewitt was 190-162 at Georgia Tech.

Hewitt was a candidate for the St. John's job at the end of last season, but withdrew from consideration.

"I am very appreciative of Paul Hewitt's dedication to Georgia Tech for the last 11 years," Radakovich said in a statement. "Paul is an outstanding person who has made a positive impact on so many of our student-athletes."

The school will immediately begin the search for Hewitt's successor.

Ken Tysiac