Basketball (Men)

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Basketball team, 1906/07
Driving to the basket, c.1999

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At an organizational meeting called in 1906 by Donald Wilhelm, a student from Ohio, GW made its entrance into organized college basketball. The first basketball team won the newly organized "Southern" championship. From 1930 through 1943 Men's basketball did not have a losing season. This included seven winning seasons under Bill Reinhart. The 1943 team, directed by Arthur (Otts) Zahn, won the University's first Southern Conference championship with a record of 17-6. After the '43 season, varsity sports were suspended until the conclusion of World War II.

The Men's team won 21 games in the 1946-47 season and in 1954 again won the Southern Conference championship with a 23-3 record. That 1954 team received GW's first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament berth. The following two years also were very successful for the Colonials as they notched 24 triumphs in 1954-55 and 19 victories in '56. The Colonials earned a second NCAA trip after their unexpected Southern Conference Tournament title in 1961. These teams also were under Bill Reinhart's leadership. Fifteen years later, Bob Tallent's 1975-76 squad won 20 games in the opening season at Charles E. Smith Center.

Mike Jarvis became the 24th head coach of the Colonials in 1990 and led the team to a 19-12 season. After reaching the '91 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament championship contest against Penn State, the Colonials participated in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), a first for the University. The Men's team had a record of 16-12 in 1992 and in '93 had a sensational 21-9 record, which included the school's third trip to the NCAA and first in 32 years. After defeating New Mexico and Southern (La.) at Tucson, Arizona, the team's "Cinderella" campaign ended with a narrow loss to Michigan in the Sweet Sixteen at Seattle, Washington.

In the ‘94 season, GW finished at 18-12, recording the team's fourth consecutive winning season under Jarvis. Returning to the "Big Dance" in '94, it marked the school's first back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in history. After upsetting Alabama- Birmingham in the first round, GW lost a second-round battle against Big East power Connecticut in the East Regional at the Nassau (NY) Coliseum. In 1996, GW earned another NCAA trip, though it lost an opening round game to Iowa at Tempe, Arizona. In 1997 GW received a second NIT bid. The bid marked the fifth straight year that GW has competed in the post season. The GW men's basketball team received an at-large bid to the 1998 NCAA Tournament with a 24-8 record after finishing second in the 1998 Atlantic 10 Championship tournament. The team had its best season in 44 years. The 24 victories equals the most in the 81-year history of the program. (The 1954-55 Colonials were 24-6.) The Colonials lost to Oklahoma State in the first round of the ‘98 tournament. In June 1998, Tom Penders became the new head coach of the

Colonial Men's Basketball. Mike Jarvis accepted the head coaching position at St. John's University. GW captured its first outright Atlantic10 Conference West Division title in the 1998-99 season. The Colonials finished with a 20-9 record. The team also earned an at-large bid to the 1999 NCAA Tournament.

During the 1999-00 season, Penders reached an exclusive coaching milestone with career victory number 500, winning the prestigious BB&T Classic with victories over Seton Hall and Maryland.

Karl Hobbs was hired as head coach on May 7, 2001, after eight seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut, where he earned a reputation as a top recruiter. He is credited with the recruitment of current Washington Wizard Richard Hamilton, as well as Khalid El-Amin and Kevin Freeman - all starters on the '99 national champion Huskies.

The following was taken from the GW Basketball Web site: [1]

In 2005-06, he guided the Colonials to their most successful year in the 92-season history of the program. GW posted a school-record 27 victories en route to a 27-3 overall record, including a perfect 16-0 mark in the Atlantic 10 Conference, also a school record for league wins. As a result, GW captured its second straight A-10 regular-season title and Hobbs was named the 2006 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year for his efforts marking the first time a GW coach had received that honor in the 30-year history of the league. Hobbs also was one of four finalists for the national Naismith Award for Men's College Coach of the Year.

Karl Hobbs begins his seventh year as head men's basketball coach at The George Washington University in 2007-08. Last season, he guided the Colonials to a 23-9 record and the A-10 Tournament title, it's second in three years. The tournament title gave GW an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament--its third straight appearance in the "Big Dance"--marking the first time in program history that the Colonials have appeared in three straight NCAA Tournaments.

Men’s Basketball Statistics

For additional statistics go to: [2]

1906/07
Basketball, Men’s
(6-2) Coach: J. Kramer

1907-08
Basketball, Men’s
(1-10) Coach: J. Kramer

1909-1912
Basketball, Men’s
(No Varsity)

1914-‘15
Basketball, Men’s
(5-9) Coach: Nathan Dougherty

1915-‘16
Basketball, Men’s
(2-10) Coach: George Colliflower

1916-‘17
Basketball, Men’s
(7-8) Coach: George Colliflower

1917-‘18
Basketball, Men’s
(5-6) Co-Coaches: Goesback/Murphy

1918-‘19
Basketball, Men’s
(No Varsity)

1918-1919
Basketball, Men’s

1920-‘21
(4-10)
Coach: Bryan Morse

1921-‘22
(8-6)
Coach: Bryan Morse

1922-‘23
(4-11)
Coach: Bryan Morse

1923-‘24
(1-9)
Coach: Jack Dailey

1924-‘25
(7-5)
Coach: Jack Dailey

1925-‘26
(5-9)
Coach: James Lemon

1926-‘27
(8-7)
Coach: James Lemon

1927-‘28
(11-6)
Coach: Maud Crum

1928-‘29
(2-8)
Coach: Maud Crum

1929-‘30
(9-7)
Coach: Joe Mitchell

1930-‘31
(11-5)
Coach: Jim Pixlee

1931-‘32
(11-4)
Coach: Jim Pixlee

1932-‘33
(15-5)
Coach: Ted O’Leary

1933-‘34
(11-4)
Coach: Ted O’Leary

1934-‘35
(14-6)
Coaches: Jim Pixlee & Logan Wilson

1935-‘36
(16-3)
Coach: Bill Reinhart

1936-‘37
(16-4)
Coach: Bill Reinhart

1937-‘38
(13-4)
Coach: Bill Reinhart

1938-‘39
(13-8)
Coach: Bill Reinhart

1939-‘40
(13-6)
Coach: Bill Reinhart

1940-‘41
(18-4)
Coach: Bill Reinhart

1941-‘42
(11-9)
Coach: Bill Reinhart
Southern Conference Tournament at Raleigh, NC

1942-‘43
(17-6)
Coach: Arthur “Otts” Zahn
Southern Conference Tournament at Raleigh, NC

1943-‘44
(No varsity, WWII)

1944-‘45
(No varsity, WWII)

1945-‘46
(7-8)
Coach: Arthur “Otts” Zahn;
Southern Conference Tournament, Raleigh, NC

1946-‘47
(21-7)
Coach: Arthur “Otts” Zahn Southern Conference Tournament at Durham, NC

1947-‘48
(19-7)
Coach: George Garber
Southern Conference Tournament at Durham, NC

1948-‘49
(18-8)
Coach: George Barber;
Southern Conference Tournament at Durham, NC

1949-‘50
(17-8)
Coach: Bill Reinhart
Southern Conference Tournament, Durham, NC

1950-‘51
(12-12)
Coach: Bill Reinhart

1951-‘52
(15-9)
Coach: Bill Reinhart
Southern Conference Tournament at Durham, NC

1952-‘53
(15-7)
Coach: Bill Reinhart

1953-‘54
(23-3)
Coach: Bill Reinhart
Southern Conference Champions at Morgantown, WV / NCAA Tournament at Philadelphia, PA; GW 73 North Carolina State 75

1954-‘55
(24-6)
Coach: Bill Reinhart
Southern Conference Tournament at Richmond, VA

1955-‘56
(19-7)
Coach: Bill Reinhart
Southern Conference Tournament at Richmond, VA

1956-‘57
(3-21)
Coach: Bill Reinhart

1957-‘58
(12-11)
Coach: Bill Reinhart
Southern Conference Tournament at Richmond, VA

1958-‘59
(14-11)
Coach: Bill Reinhart
Southern Conference Tournament at Richmond, VA

1959-‘60
(15-11)
Coach: Bill Reinhart
Southern Conference Tournament at Richmond, VA

1960-‘61
(9-17)
Coach: Bill Reinhart
Southern Conference Champions at Richmond VA / NCAA Tournament at Madison Square Garden, NY; GW 67 Princeton 84

1961-‘62
(9-15)
Coach: Bill Reinhart
Southern Conference Tournament at Richmond, VA

1962-‘63
(8-15)
Coach: Bill Reinhart
Southern Conference Tournament at Richmond VA

1963-‘64
(11-15)
Coach: Bill Reinhart
Southern Conference Tournament at Charlotte, NC

1964-‘65
(10-13)
Coach: Bill Reinhart
Southern Conference Tournament at Richmond, VA

1965-‘66
(3-18)
Coach: Bill Reinhart

1966-‘67
(6-18)
Coach: Babe McCarthy
Southern Conference Tournament at Charlotte, NC

1967-‘68
(5-19)
Coach: Wayne Dobbs

1968-‘69
(14-11)
Coach: Wayne Dobbs
Southern Conference Tournament at Charlotte, NC

1969-‘70
(12-15)
Coach: Wayne Dobbs
Southern Conference Tournament at Charlotte, NC

1970-‘71
(11-14)
Coach: Carl Slone

1971-‘72
(11-14)
Coach: Carl Slone

1972-‘73
(17-9)
Coach: Carl Slone

1973-‘74
(15-11)
Coach: Carl Slone

1974-‘75
(17-10)
Coach: Bob Tallent
ECAC Playoffs at Philadelphia, PA

1975-‘76
(20-7)
Coach: Bob Tallent
Southern Conference Tournament at Richmond, VA

1976-‘77
(14-12)
Coach: Bob Tallent
ECBL Tournament at Philadelphia, PA

1977-‘78
(15-11/4-6 Eastern Eight)
Coach: Bob Tallent
Eastern Eight (A-10) Tournament at Pittsburgh, PA

1978-‘79
(13-14/5-5 Eastern Eight)
Coach: Bob Tallent
Eastern Eight (A-10) Tournament at Pittsburgh, PA

1979-‘80
(15-11/5-5 Eastern Eight)
Coach: Bob Tallent
Eastern Eight (A-10) Tournament at Pittsburgh, PA

1980-‘81
(8-19/4-9 Eastern Eight)
Coach: Bob Tallent
Eastern Eight (A-10) Tournament at Pittsburgh, PA

1981-‘82
(13-14/7-7 Eastern Eight)
Coach: Gerry Gimelstob
Eastern Eight (A10) Tournament at Pittsburgh, PA

1982-‘83
(14-15/4-10 Atlantic 10)
Coach: Gerry Gimelstob
A-10 Tournament at Philadelphia, PA

1983-‘84
(17-12/11-7 Atlantic 10)
Coach Gerry Gimelstob
A-10 Tournament at Morgantown, WV

1984-‘85
(14-14/9-9 Atlantic 10)
Coach: Gerry Gimelstob
Atlantic 10 Tournament at New Brunswick, NJ

1985-‘86
(12-16/7-11 Atlantic 10)
Coach: John Kuester
A-10 Tournament at Meadowlands

1986-‘87
(10-19/3-10 Atlantic 10)
Coach: John Kuester
A-10 Tournament at highest seed

1987-‘88
(13-15/6-12 Atlantic 10)
Coach: John Kuester
A-10 Tournament at Morgantown, WV

1988-‘89
(1-27/1-17)
Coach: John Kuester
A-10 Tournament at Palestra

1989-‘90
(14-17/6-12 Atlantic 10)
Coach: John Kuester
A-10 Tournament at Palestra

1990-‘91
(19-12/10-8 Atlantic 10)
Coach: Mike Jarvis
A-10 Tournament at Palestra / National Invitation Tournament

1991-‘92
(16-12/8-8 Atlantic 10)
Coach: Mike Jarvis
A-10 Tournament at Palestra

1992-‘93
(21-9/8-6 Atlantic 10)
Coach: Mike Jarvis
A-10 Tournament at Palestra / NCAA Tournament at Tucson, AZ / NCAA Tournament/"Sweet Sixteen" at Seattle, WA; / GW 64 Michigan 72

1993-‘94
(18-12/8-8 Atlantic 10)
Coach: Mike Jarvis
A-10 Tournament at Palestra / NCAA Tournament at Uniondale, NY;
GW 51 Alabama-Birmingham 46; GW 63 Connecticut 75

1994-‘95
(18-14/10-6 Atlantic 10)
Coach: Mike Jarvis
A-10 Tournament at Palestra / NIT at
Athens, OH; GW 71 Ohio University 83

1995-‘96
(21-8/13-3 Atlantic 10)
Coach: Mike Jarvis
A-10 Tournament at Philadelphia Civic Center, NCAA Tournament at Tempe, AZ; GW 79 Iowa 81

1996-‘97
(15-14/8-8 Atlantic 10)
Coach: Mike Jarvis
A-10 Tournament at CoreStates Spectrum /NIT at East Lansing, MI; GW 50 Michigan State 65

1997-‘98
(24-9/11-5 Atlantic 10)
Coach: Mike Jarvis
A-10 Tournament at CoreStates Spectrum /NCAA Tournament at Lexington, KY; GW 59 Oklahoma State 74

1998-‘99
(20-9/13-3 A-10)
Coach: Tom Penders
A-10 tournament at Core States Spectrum / NCAA Tournament at Orlando, Fl; GW 88 #17 Indiana 108

1999-‘00
(15-15, Atlantic 10 9-7)
Head Coach: Tom Penders

2000-2001
(14-18 Atlantic 10 (6-10)
Head Coach: Karl Hobbs

2001-2002
(12-16 Atlantic 10 (5-11)
Head Coach: Karl Hobbs

2002-2003
(12-17 Atlantic 10 5-11)
Head Coach: Karl Hobbs

2003-2004
(18-12 Atlantic 10 11-5)
Head Coach: Karl Hobbs
Atlantic 10 Tournament Dayton, OH / NIT Tournament at Charlottesville, VA, Virginia 79, GW 66

2004-2005
(22-8, Atlantic 10 11-5)
Head Coach: Karl Hobbs
Atlantic 10 Tournament, Cincinnati, OH / NCAA Tournament, Nashville, TN, Georgia Tech 80, GW 68

2005-2006
(27-3, Atlantic 10 16-0)
Head Coach: Karl Hobbs
Atlantic 10 Tournament, Philadelphia, Pa / NCAA Tournament, Greensboro, NC, GW 88 /UNC Wilmington 85 Duke 74, GW 61

2006-2007
Head Coach: Karl Hobbs

Document Information

Images: 2
Photographic Credit: Cherry Tree yearbook and photo collections
Author or Source: G. David Anderson; Sports Information Office; Basketball Web site: [3]
Document Location: University Archives
Date Added to Encyclopedia: January 24, 2007
Prepared by: G. David Anderson

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