Georgetown University has hired Hoya all-time legend and NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing as its next head coach. The hiring comes after Georgetown dismissed John Thompson III, who was fired on March 23 following thirteen seasons as the Hoyas head coach.
Ewing is currently an assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets but will leave the team and begin his Georgetown tenure immediately. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that he has agreed to a multi-year deal.
“Ewing has been dutifully studying the vastly different job requirements of running a college program, talking with, among others, college coaches who made the jump from professional basketball backgrounds…,” Woj wrote. “Ewing has been gathering information on potential assistant coaches, working to find a staff that’ll balance his inexperience in recruiting. Those who have talked with Ewing in the past week believe that he’s fully understanding of the consuming nature of big-time college recruiting and is prepared to immerse himself in it.”
The Big Man has the requisite track record for a dramatic move such as this. He’s been an NBA assistant coach for 15 seasons and worked under Jeff and Stan Van Gundy and Steve Clifford. Icing on the cake, however, is Ewing’s past history with the Hoyas. The center was a three-time All-American for Georgetown and led the team to a 1984 national championship. Becoming one of the greatest New York Knicks after being drafted No. 1 overall in 1985 doesn’t hurt either.
Congratulations to Ewing and the Georgetown program. No go out there and be better than the 14-18 team you were this year.