NBA great and Georgetown legend Patrick Ewing has been hired to assume the head coaching duties at his alma mater.
Ewing, who once owned a home in Potomac, was introduced as the new Georgetown head coach last week during a press conference at the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletic Center.
“This is a special moment for our university and for our men’s basketball program,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “Thirty-three years after winning the NCAA National Championship, No. 33 is coming home.”
Ewing, who became the 18th head coach in program history, replaced John Thompson III who was fired on March 23. Ewing returns to Georgetown after serving a 15-year stint as an NBA assistant coach.
Since 2013, Ewing has worked in Charlotte but has also held stints with the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic.
During his playing career at Georgetown, Ewing was a three-time consensus First Team All-American selection and guided the Hoyas to three Final Four appearances in four seasons on the Hilltop.
“My four years at Georgetown were the best of my life,” said Ewing. “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.”
In 1984, Ewing guided Georgetown to an 84-75 victory over Houston in the NCAA championship game and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament that year.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Ewing played high school basketball at Cambridge Rindge and Latin where he was coached by Mike Jarvis and was a teammate of Karl Hobbs. Both Jarvis and Hobbs are former head coaches at George Washington University.
A No. 1 overall NBA Draft selection in 1985, Ewing was an NBA Rookie of the Year, 11-time NBA All-Star, member of the original Dream Team and a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Ewing still ranks second all-time in scoring at Georgetown, averaging 15.3 points in 143 games. He is one of only four players in program history to score at least 2,000 points (2,184). He’s also the program’s alltime leader in total rebounds (1,316), most blocked shots (493) and most games played (143).
“To hire a head coach with this depth of coaching experience and personal achievements is tremendous,” said Georgetown Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed. “It is a thrill to have him come back to his alma mater and continue the legacy of tradition and success he had as a student-athlete on the Hilltop.”