Georgetown hires Patrick Ewing as men's basketball coach

Posted April 06, 2017

He was an NBA All-Star 11 times and won a second Olympic gold medal as a member of the first Dream Team in 1992.

Georgetown has some work to do to rebuild its standing in the Big East. Georgetown has made just one NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four seasons and had back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1972-1973, seven years before joining the original Big East. With the 7-foot center leading the way, Georgetown played in three national championship games, winning it all in 1984.

On Monday (April 3) that all changed when his journey from Georgetown came full-circle as Ewing was reportedly hired as head coach at his alma-mater. He is now working as assistant head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and had spent time on the staffs of the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. During his time as an assistant, Ewing has interviewed for several head coaching jobs prior to landing with his alma-mater of Georgetown.

FILE - In this January 28, 2017, file photo, Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Patrick Ewing, left, talks to NBA referee Josh Tiven as the Hornets play the Sacramento Kings in a NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2008.

Patrick Ewing is going home.

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It's unclear what system Ewing plans to install at Georgetown, but his National Basketball Association background suggests perhaps a style vastly different than that of his predecessor, who ran a motion-based offense with principles from his previous head coaching stop at Princeton.

Before finishing the most recent 2016-2017 campaign with a 14-18 record, Georgetown finished the 2015-2016 season with a almost identical 15-18 overall record. Because Ewing is one of the most beloved National Basketball Association players ever, fans would love to see him follow his mentor's footsteps with as lengthy and successful a career. And the hiring of Ewing still feels directly related to Big John and I love that too. Retaining current players - only seven current Hoyas are scheduled to return next season - and bolstering the roster are certainly jobs 1a/1b for Ewing.

Ewing played under Thompson's father, John Thompson Jr.at Georgetown from 1981-1985.

There's no doubt that Ewing is qualified to be a head coach.