Former men’s basketball head coach lands at George Mason

Former head men’s basketball coach Maurice Joseph will return to the Atlantic 10 as an assistant coach for George Mason, according to a tweet from college basketball insider Jon Rothstein.

Joseph served as the head coach of the men’s basketball program for three seasons, starting as an interim head coach in 2016 after former head coach Mike Lonergan was fired. The University relieved Joseph of his duties at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season.

After he was let go, Joseph served as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson, helping the Knights to a 11-19 record and a .500 conference win percentage.

Joseph joined GW as the assistant director of basketball operations under Lonergan in 2011. After five seasons on the coaching staff, GW tabbed Joseph as Lonergan’s replacement.

Joseph led the Colonials to a 20-15 overall record his first year at the helm, earning the team an invite to the College Basketball Invitational. The squad wrapped its postseason run in the semifinals of the tournament.

The Colonials began trending downward in Joseph’s second season, finishing the year 15-18 – the team’s first losing record in five seasons – and with seven A-10 wins. His GW tenure ended a year later when his team put together its worst season in more than a decade. The squad won just nine games, four of which came in conference play.

George Mason finished the season 17-15 overall but won just five A-10 match ups. The Colonials topped the Patriots in both meetings this season.

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