NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Atlantic 10 (1976-present)
Past Conferences: Southern, Independent
City: Washington, D.C.
Stadium: Charles E. Smith Athletic Center
NCAA Tournaments: 11 (1954, 1961, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014)
National Championships: None
Conference Tournament Titles: 5 (1943, 1954, 1961, 2005, 2007)
Conference Regular Season Titles: 7 (1954, 1956, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006)
The George Washington Colonials are a Division I school located in Washington, D.C. George Washington is currently a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and is coached by former George Mason and Miami assistant Chris Caputo.
George Washington has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 11 times, including three straight years from 2005-07. The Colonials also made it in 2014 but have not made it back to the Big Dance since. The program’s last winning season was in 2016-17, when it went 20-15. The previous year, the Colonials won a program-record 28 games and claimed the National Invitational Tournament title, defeating Valparaiso.
The Colonials experienced much of their success during the 1990s. The Colonials made the tournament in 1993 under Mike Jarvis, their first appearance in 32 years, and overcame long odds to knock off fifth-seeded New Mexico in the first round. The No. 12 seed Colonials also beat No. 13 seed Southern before losing in the Sweet 16 to Michigan’s Fab Five team. The next season, the Colonials returned to the tournament and pulled off another upset, beating seventh-seeded UAB as a No. 10 seed. The Colonials also made it in 1996 and 1998, and in 1999 under Tommy Penders, after Jarvis left to coach at St. John’s.
The Colonials’ other tournament win came in 2006 (88-85 in overtime over UNC Wilmington in the first round). That season, with Karl Hobbs at the helm, the Colonials went 27-3, won the A-10 regular season title and rose as high as No. 6 in the polls.
Caputo, a former Jim Larranaga assistant, took over as George Washington’s head coach before the 2022-23 season, replacing Jamion Christian. The Colonials were ranked 12th in the conference’s preseason poll.
Also notable: The Colonials have produced several pros, most recently Brooklyn Nets guard Yuta Watanabe. NBA Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach, arguably their most famous alum, played at George Washington from 1937-40.
o Chris Monroe: 2,248
o Joe Holup: 2,226
o Mike Brown: 1,916
o Joe Holup: 2,030
o Mike Brown: 1,166
o Gene Guarilia: 1,019
o Shawnta Rogers: 634
o Carl Elliott: 539
o Alvin Pearsall: 497