Back to Alma Mater: Patrick Ewing Returns to Georgetown as Head Coach

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 04/04/17 07:26AM EDT

After leading Georgetown to the NCAA national title in 1984 as a player, Patrick Ewing now has a chance to bring another crown to his alma mater as head coach. The Hoyas hired Ewing as their new mentor, replacing John Thompson III.

"Patrick's commitment to Georgetown and to further animating our legacy of excellence is inspiring," University president John J. DeGioia said in a statement posted on Georgetown's official website. "He is a visionary leader with a deep connection to our community. His experience as a coach over the last 15 years with some of the best basketball minds in the country has prepared him to lead our program."

After firing Thompson, Georgetown athletic director Lee Reed said the Hoyas launched a thorough national search for his replacement. According to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, among those considered by the Hoyas were Notre Dame's Mike Brey, Texas' Shaka Smart, Xavier's Chris Mack and Harvard's Tommy Amaker before Ewing ultimately emerged as the top candidate for the job.

"After a very thorough national search, Patrick Ewing emerged as the talented leader best prepared to coach the Hoyas in this new era of highly competitive college basketball," Reed said. "To hire a head coach with this depth of coaching experience and personal achievements is tremendous."

Ewing played for Georgetown from 1981-85 and led the team to the 1984 national title. The Hoyas reached the title game in two other occasions during Ewing's playing career.

After his collegiate stint, Ewing was drafted first overall by the New York Knicks in the 1985 NBA Draft. He went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 20.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

Ewing scored 24,815 points during his 17-year NBA career to go along with 11,607 rebounds. Ewing spent 15 years with the Knicks and made 10-consecutive NBA All-Star appearances. He played his last two years in the league with the Seattle SuperSonics and the Orlando Magic before retiring.

Ewing served as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards (2002-03), Houston Rockets (2003-06) and the Magic (2007-12). He was an associate head coach for the Charlotte Hornets when he was hired by the Hoyas.

Thompson III went 278-151 in 13 seasons as coach of the Hoyas. Georgetown reached the NCAA Tournament eight times during Thompson's stint, including a Final Four appearance in 2006-07 when the club went 30-7. However, Thompson had two consecutive losing seasons that led to his firing.

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