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George Washington promotes Maurice Joseph to interim head coach

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The George Washington Colonials are reportedly promoting assistant coach Maurice Joseph to the position of interim head coach. This comes after Joseph, along with Carmen Maciariello and Hajj Turner, were interviewed for the vacancy last week.

Jon Rothstein was first to break the coaching news.

Joseph played at Michigan State before transferring to Vermont where he served as a two-year captain. He has been on the George Washington staff for five seasons.

This opening was forced onto George Washington after the entire Mike Lonergan ordeal. The former head coach, who had a wildly successful run running the program, was fired after an investigation was done following accusations that he mentally abused former players and staff.

While there is still a fallout to happen from that, as Lonergan believes he was fired in an unjustified fashion, the basketball program is moving forward the best it can.

Joseph is a somewhat surprising hire. Turner was the lead assistant coach on staff and was the presumed front-runner for the position.

Update: Here is the university’s statement.

The school has yet to release an official statement in regards to how the staff will be built moving forward. A clean sweep might happen, or the other top assistant coaches may remain on as assistants. This is obviously a developing situation, and details are likely to emerge rather quickly.

Staying in-house for the school’s next head coach, even if it is only for a year, was always the smart decision for George Washington. With a ton of young players on the roster, and a handful of incoming freshmen, this is a good attempt at avoiding a mass exodus.

George Washington promotes Maurice Joseph to interim head coach

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