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Associate Coach Pikiell, Lucas To Leave GW

Thursday, April 14, 2005; Page D02

The George Washington men's basketball team will attempt to make a return trip to the NCAA tournament next season without associate coach Steve Pikiell and shooting guard Ricky Lucas.

Pikiell was hired as head coach at Stony Brook yesterday. Pikiell replaces Nick Macarchuk, who resigned after six seasons to become special assistant to Athletic Director James Fiore.

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A guard at Connecticut, Pikiell played for Jim Calhoun and was a member of the 1989-90 team that won the Big East Conference regular season and conference tournament championships.

"I was a gym rat and was fortunate to be offered an assistant coach's position when I finished my playing career at U-Conn.," Pikiell said. "Without getting that opportunity under Coach Calhoun, I probably would not be where I am today."

Pikiell went from Connecticut to Yale for three seasons, became assistant at Central Connecticut for five years and then associate at George Washington, where he spent the last three seasons. Macarchuk went 64-108 in his six seasons with the Seawolves.

Lucas, a 2003 first-team All-Met from Herndon who averaged 4.1 points and 1.7 rebounds last season, announced earlier this week that he will transfer from GW. Lucas's playing time steadily diminished last season, from nearly 20 minutes per game during the nonconference season to about five minutes per game during the Atlantic 10 tournament, which the Colonials won.

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