GT’s Stoudamire hires ex-GW head coach Hobbs

ATLANTA — New Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Damon Stoudamire announced his staff on Friday, which includes former George Washington coach Karl Hobbs as his top assistant.

The 61-year-old Hobbs compiled a record of 166-129 over a decade-long tenure at George Washington that included three NCAA tournament appearances. He was fired in 2011.

Hobbs spent the past seven seasons as Rutgers’ associate head coach. He will take the same role at Georgia Tech under Stoudamire, who was hired by the Yellow Jackets after the school dumped Josh Pastner.

Stoudamire also announced the hiring of Terry Parker, Jr. and Pershin Williams as assistant coaches.

Parker, a native of suburban Decatur, joins Georgia Tech after spending three years as an assistant at UAB. Williams is a former Yellow Jackets graduate assistant who comes from another Atlanta-area school, Kennesaw State, which reached the NCAA tournament for the first time this past season.

“Coach Hobbs is a no-brainer to have here, but I’m very excited for Pershin and Terry to have this opportunity at such a great institution,” Stoudamire said in a statement. “These are guys who are hungry to be successful. They’ll roll up their sleeves and work to get this program back, brick by brick.”

Georgia Tech has only one NCAA tournament appearance in the past 13 seasons.

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