Hobbs out as George Washington’s coach

George Washington has parted ways with men’s basketball coach Karl Hobbs.

Athletic director Patrick Nero, who was hired this past week, informed Hobbs of the decision on Monday afternoon, according to sources.

Hobbs, 49, has been at George Washington for the past decade.

”It has been an honor to serve as head coach of the George Washington University’s men’s basketball team,” Hobbs said in a statement. ”I am proud of what we achieved here and am grateful to have had the chance to work with and guide the development and accomplishments of so many outstanding student-athletes.”

The school said a national search would begin immediately.

Hobbs was the A-10 coach of the year after leading George Washington to a 27-3 record in 2005-06, including 16-0 in the conference. In his 10 seasons, Hobbs posted a 166-129 record.

He made three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 2004 to 2007. But the program has struggled over the past four seasons, failing to go to the NCAA tournament or the NIT.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.