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Patrick Ewing named head coach of Georgetown

Patrick Ewing named head coach of Georgetown

Thirty-five years ago, Patrick Ewing brought the Georgetown men's basketball team onto a national stage by leading the Jesuit school to its first of three national championship game appearances in four years with his play at center. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until a formal announcement is made. 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.

Instead, he returns to college, rejoining the program he helped win an NCAA title in 1984 with coach John Thompson Jr.

Georgetown sacked Thompson III on March 23 after a second straight losing season.

The blog Casual Hoya first reported the hire. Ewing joined Hornets Coach Steve Clifford's staff in 2013. He has been the associate coach for the Charlotte Hornets since 2013 and was widely expected to eventually become a head coach in the National Basketball Association. That year, Ewing won an Olympic gold medal with the men's national team.

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Despite finishing his final two years with a combined record of 19-36, the youngest of the Thompson coaches leaves Georgetown in high regard, according to school president Jack Degioia.

No details on Ewing's contract have been released, but firing Ewing down the road - assuming that Big John lives forever and is totally not the actual head coach calling the shots on The Hilltop - will be just as complicated and fun as III's dismissal. I'm thrilled that all of Patrick's hard work has paid off and he has earned the opportunity to be Georgetown's head coach. In 2015, St. John's hired Chris Mullin as its coach to rebuild a program that once competed regularly with Georgetown for supremacy in the Big East during the conference's formative years. The Hoyas reached one final four under Thompson during his tenure in Washington D.C. "To hire a head coach with this depth of coaching experience and personal achievements is tremendous". "Everyone knows how much his alma mater means to him". Ewing on the other hand, has been one of the most sought after coaches in basketball.

The Hoyas may have fired John Thompson III, whose Georgetown roots stem from his father, but the extension of the elder Thompson's legacy continues.


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