Georgetown hires Patrick Ewing as men's basketball coach

Patrick Ewing

Georgetown announced on Monday that it has hired the former National Basketball Association great as its new head coach, replacing the recently fired John Thompson III.

"My four years at Georgetown were the best of my life", Ewing said. Shortly after the meeting, it was confirmed that Ewing would become the team's next head coach.

Ewing has been an assistant coach with the NBA's Charlotte Hornets and had hoped for years to land a head coaching job in the pros.

For more on Ewing and Georgetown see below. He played for the team in the early 1980s, winning two Big East Player of the Year awards and a national championship in 1984.

That interview appears to have gone well for Ewing, as radio station ESPN 980 is now reporting that Ewing has been hired to be the next head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas. Big name recruits are eschewing the school for one-and-done opportunities elsewhere. He reportedly met with Georgetown officials on Monday; he is in town for his team's game against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until a formal announcement is made.

Ewing has been an National Basketball Association assistant coach since 2002-2003 and is now the associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets.

Ewing, 54, was a superstar for the Hoyas from 1981-85.

Back when Thompson III was still coach, radio host Dan Patrick asked Ewing whether he would consider taking on the role, The Washington Post notes. "He's been really patient and I'm glad his time has come".

Ewing will now be in charge of an entire program, and it will be a year-long job that involves recruiting on top of coaching and preparing. "I think he's very deserving. I'm thrilled for him". The Hoyas hired Ewing as their new mentor, replacing John Thompson III. Following the Final Four run, the Hoyas went just 3-6 in the NCAA tournament under Thompson despite never being lower than a No. 6 seed.

Despite his father continuing to hold considerable clout within the university, Thompson III was sacked. But the replacement no doubt will bring a smile to Big John's face. The jury is still out on Patrick Ewing as a head coach and a college recruiter. "Everyone knows how much his alma mater means to him".

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