Originally created 07/01/03

Georgia Tech coach signs new $250,000 contract



ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt has signed a new contract with a $250,000-a-year base salary that will keep him with the Yellow Jackets through the 2007-08 season.

Hewitt just completed his third season at Tech, where he has compiled a 48-44 record. In his first season, he took the Yellow Jackets back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years, and the team went to the NIT last season.

In 2000, Hewitt became Tech's first black head basketball coach after the resignation of Bobby Cremins, who coached the Yellow Jackets for 19 years. Before that, Hewitt was head coach at Siena, where he had a record of 66-27.

Two years ago, Hewitt signed a five-year contract with a base salary of $150,000, and annual compensation of $500,000 including television and radio programs and public speaking appearances. It was not disclosed Monday whether the new contract included increases in supplemental income.