Karl Hobbs leaves UConn to join Pikiell's staff at Rutgers

Apr 1, 2016 - 1:52 AM PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Karl Hobbs is leaving Connecticut's coaching staff to join Steve Pikiell at Rutgers.

Hobbs released a statement through Connecticut on Thursday night, confirming the move.

Pikiell, who worked under Hobbs for four seasons at George Washington, was named Rutgers coach last week. Pikiell and Hobbs are both former Connecticut players, team captains and long-time friends.

''I'm a lucky guy to have had the chance to return to my alma mater and enjoy such great success,'' Hobbs said in the statement. ''While at UConn, I had the opportunity to be a part of two incredible eras of national championship basketball with legendary coach Jim Calhoun and with Kevin Ollie, who is also a phenomenal head coach. Not many people can say that they have been fortunate enough to leave and come back and win again so, I'm incredibly grateful.''

Hobbs finished his 13th season as a Connecticut assistant, covering two stints: 1993-2001 and 2011-16. In between, he served as the head coach at George Washington University, directing the Colonials to 166 wins, two Atlantic 10 Tournament titles and three straight NCAA Tournament berths.

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