Patrick Ewing named as Georgetown head coach

Georgetown has a rich history of being a basketball power. In recent times, the Hoyas have struggled to find success on the highest level.

As a means to turn back the clock, Georgetown opted for a familiar face to lead its program.

Patrick Ewing was named as the men’s head basketball coach on Monday. He replaces John Thompson III — who had one NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years.

Ewing starred for Georgetown in the ’80’s before being drafted No. 1 overall in the 1985 NBA Draft. During his career with the Hoyas, Ewing led the team to three title game appearances, and the 1984 Title (versus Hakeem Olajuwon and Houston).

After his playing days ended, Ewing transitioned to the coaching ranks. Since 2002, Ewing had been an assistant coach in the NBA (Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards) before most recently holding the post as associate head coach with the Charlotte Hornets.

Now back at his alma mater, it will be fascinating to see whether or not he can recruit effectively enough to turn the program around.

“My four years at Georgetown were the best of my life. Georgetown is my home and it is a great honor for me to return to my alma mater and serve as the next head coach. I have been preparing to be a head coach for many years and can’t wait to return to the Hilltop.”

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