George Mason men's basketball coach Dave Paulsen is out after six seasons, the school announced Tuesday.
Paulsen failed to make the NCAA tournament in any of his six seasons at the Fairfax, Virginia, school, but finished above .500 in four of his last five seasons. This season, the Patriots finished 13-9 overall and 8-6 in the Atlantic 10. They won four in a row to end the regular season, including a road win at VCU, before losing by 32 to Davidson in the conference tournament.
"After an extensive review and evaluation of our men's basketball program, I have decided to make a change in our leadership," athletic director Brad Edwards said in a statement. "I am grateful for Dave's commitment, tireless work and leadership in directing our program over the past six years. He did an admirable job in stabilizing our program."
Paulsen had one year remaining on his contract, which was previously extended.
The Patriots' best season under Paulsen came in 2019, when they started 7-1 in league play and ultimately finished 18-15 overall and 11-7 in the Atlantic 10.
Before taking over at George Mason, Paulsen was coach at Bucknell for seven seasons, winning four regular-season titles and making two NCAA tournament appearances.
George Mason hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 2011 under Jim Larranaga, who made five NCAA appearances during his time in Fairfax, including a Final Four run in 2006. The school said a national search will be conducted for Paulsen's successor.
"Every decision he has made centers around the well-being of our student-athletes and what is best for them both academically and athletically," Edwards said of Paulsen. "Dave has represented our university and athletic department in a first-class manner and is very well-regarded among his peers in the basketball community."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.