Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Patrick Ewing Hired As Head Coach At Georgetown

Patrick Ewing Hired As Head Coach At Georgetown

Basketball legend Patrick Ewing's return to Georgetown University was a triumphant one after he accepted a job offer to lead his college alma mater's men's basketball program as its next head coach. He was a 3-time All-American at Georgetown, 11-time NBA All-Star, and NBA Rookie of the Year.

JT3 led Georgetown to the Final Four in 2007 but has missed the NCAA Tournament in three of the past four seasons. In the 1985 Final Four, three of the teams were from the Big East - Mullin's St. John's, Ewing's Georgetown, and Ed Pinckney's Villanova (the unlikely winner).

There was speculation that the gig might go to Notre Dame's Mike Brey, a protege of Thompson's biggest rival. Since retiring in 2002, the 54-year-old Ewing has bounced around the National Basketball Association as an assistant coach with the Wizards, Rockets, Magic and, for the past four seasons, Hornets.

It was announced early Monday that Patrick Ewing planned to take a formal interview with his Alma Mater, Georgetown. He is leaving his position as associate head coach with the NBA's Charlotte Hornets to take the job, finally put an end to a 15-year pursuit. He already had interviews for vacancies in the National Basketball Association last summer with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Sacramento Kings.

Casual Hoya was the first to break the news of Georgetown hiring Ewing.

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Ewing spent four seasons at Georgetown from 1981-1985 and developed into one of the program's greatest products.

Patrick Ewing is coming home.

While many big-name players find the path from playing to coaching relatively seamless, Ewing has had to work for this chance. The Hoyas hired Ewing as their new mentor, replacing John Thompson III.

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.

All of this said, if Ewing had to move down to the college ranks at least it was Georgetown. Because Ewing has an National Basketball Association pedigree already attached to his name, coupled with the fact that he has helped a multtude of professional players over the past 15 year, everything will hinge on style. Ewing is the all-time leader in total rebounds (1,316), most blocked shots (493) and most games played (143). This will be his first head coaching endeavor.

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