WASHINGTON (AP) — George Washington named Maurice Joseph its interim basketball coach on Tuesday, replacing Mike Lonergan, who was fired after an investigation into his conduct.
Joseph's role as interim coach lasts for this season.
Players had made allegations about Lonergan's behavior, and he was fired Sept. 17 after an internal investigation found that he ''engaged in conduct inconsistent with the university's values.''
Joseph had been an assistant on Lonergan's staff for the past five seasons.
''In his five years at GW, Maurice has shown himself to be selflessly dedicated to the success of our student-athletes and fully committed to our department and university,'' athletic director Patrick Nero said in a statement. ''His leadership ability and basketball acumen will bring focus and stability to the talented team we have this year.''
Joseph, a 31-year-old from Montreal, played at Michigan State under Mike Izzo before transferring to Vermont. Izzo said in a statement released by George Washington that he was excited and proud that Joseph got the job.
''He entered Michigan State as an intelligent player with great people skills and would quickly develop the discipline and toughness that will serve him well in his new role,'' Izzo said. ''There's not a doubt in my mind that he is incredibly well suited to lead the Colonials. I've loved watching him grow as a coach and I know his journey has positioned him for success.''
George Washington says Joseph played a key role in the development of perimeter players like Patricio Garino, who was All-Atlantic 10 last season and played for Argentina at the Olympics.
GW won the NIT last season.