One of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo’s former players is going to be be a head coach himself.
Maurice Joseph, who played two seasons for the Spartans before transferring to Vermont following the 2006-07 season, was named George Washington’s interim head coach on Tuesday.
Joseph takes over for Mike Lonergan, who was dismissed on Sept. 17 following an investigation by the school into a report that Lonergan had verbally abused players.
Joseph played two seasons at Michigan State: 2005-06 and 2006-07. He averaged 5.9 points his second season as the Spartans reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Joseph then transferred to Vermont. He finished second on the Catamounts in scoring his second year there, averaging 13.9 points per game.
“I am eager and well prepared to begin this journey with the 13 student-athletes in our locker room and the tight-knit group of coaches that I will rely upon heavily,” Joseph said in a Tuesday release. “It is a distinct honor to have the opportunity to be a mentor to our team in this new role.”
— GW Men's Basketball (@GW_MBB) September 27, 2016
“It brings me great excitement and pride to hear that Maurice Joseph will lead the George Washington program,” Izzo said in Tuesday’s release. “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. There’s not a doubt in my mind that he is incredibly well suited to lead the Colonials.”
Joseph has been on staff at George Washington for five seasons.