George Mason fires Paul Hewitt

George Mason has parted ways with Paul Hewitt after four seasons, the school announced Monday.

Hewitt, 51, took over the Patriots program after Jim Larranaga left for Miami. He went 66-67 during his time in Fairfax, including as a CBI runner-up team in 2013, but struggled once the program left the Colonial for the Atlantic 10.

The Patriots were 9-22 (4-14) in 2014-15.

Hewitt was 24-12 in two seasons of CAA conference play but was just 8-26 in the Atlantic 10. Mason finished 12th during his first season in the A-10 and 13th this past season.

"Mason made a significant commitment to its athletic programs, especially men's basketball, when the university moved to the Atlantic 10 Conference two years ago," athletic director Brad Edwards said in a statement. "The university has high expectations for the program and thus determined a change was needed.

"Paul has always been a tremendous advocate for the sport of college basketball and we are extremely appreciative for the manner in which he has represented the university and for his service to the student-athletes and to the program."

Before joining George Mason, Hewitt had been at Georgia Tech for 11 seasons, reaching the NCAA tournament five times -- including a national title game appearance in 2004. Before his tenure with the Yellow Jackets, Hewitt made one NCAA tournament appearance in three seasons at Siena.

Hewitt signed a five-year deal with George Mason in 2011 but also received a $7.2 million buyout over five years after being fired by Georgia Tech earlier that spring.