George Washington hires Chris Caputo

George Washington hired longtime Miami associate head coach Chris Caputo to be the Colonials’ new men’s basketball coach on Friday.

Caputo, 41, just completed his 10th season on Jim Larranaga’s staff at Miami. The Hurricanes (26-11) reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before losing to No. 1 seed Kansas.

“After a thorough search and identification of numerous highly-qualified coaches, both sitting head coaches and assistants, Chris rose to the top,” athletic director Tanya Vogel said in a news release. “We set out to find someone who understands what it will take to be successful here and embrace the ideal of a student-athlete, and Chris demonstrated that capability.”

This is the first head coaching position for Caputo.

“My family and I want to thank President (Mark) Wrighton, Tanya Vogel and the entire GW family for giving me this opportunity,” Caputo said. “I would not have taken this role if I didn’t believe with my whole heart that we are going to build a program the whole university community will be proud of. The tradition is here, the desire to win is here, the fanbase is here, and that’s a great place to start.”

George Washington fired coach Jamion Christian after three seasons and a 29-50 record, including a 12-18 finish (8-9 Atlantic 10) in 2021-22.

Before coaching at Miami, Caputo spent a decade on Larranaga’s staff at George Mason, highlighted by a Final Four run at the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The George Mason and George Washington campuses are separated by about 20 miles.

–Field Level Media

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