On Monday, Georgetown University hired Hoya legend Patrick Ewing to be its next Head Coach. This decision came following the dismissal of John Thompson III on the heels of a 14-18 record, ending his 13-year tenure in D.C.
Patrick Ewing, new head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) April 3, 2017
Ewing played for Thompson’s father, John Thompson Jr. from 1981-1985 — winning the school’s only National Championship while leading the team to two more title games. The first landmark recruit in Big East history would go on to become a national phenom with his intimidating presence, shot-blocking and rebounding ability.
Ewing would conclude his college career being a three-time All-American, two-time Big East player of the year and a Naismith player of the year award — in what would be remembered as one of the greatest college careers of all-time.
— Georgetown Hoyas (@GeorgetownHoyas) April 3, 2017
After his college career in D.C, Ewing became a legend and top 50 player of all time for the New York Knicks, where he would play for 15 seasons. His professional accolades were equally impressive as his college resume. Ewing was an 11-time All-Star who played during the golden era of centers. Entering as a defensive presence, he would later develop an all-around game that was dominate for over a decade in Madison Square Garden.
The Jamaican-native began his coaching career in 2002 with the Washington Wizards, immediately following his playing career which concluded the same year. He then would join the Van Gundy brothers, first with Jeff with the Houston Rockets (2003-2006), then Stan with the Orlando Magic (2007-2012). He has spent the last five seasons coaching with Steve Clifford in Charlotte with the Bobcats/Hornets, while interviewing for several Head Coaching opportunities.
When the opportunity to coach his alma mater struck, Ewing said he believed to “have a chance” and when the oppritunity arose, Ewing snagged it. Jeff Van Gundy expresses how Ewing was long overdue, detailing that no other top 50 player of all-time had to wait this long for their first head coaching job.
The following is from Jeff Van Gundy to the New York Post:
“I think what I’m most excited about is that Patrick’s been underestimated as a coach, and his personality has been grossly and unfairly at times misstated, and so for the masses get to see who he really is and what he is all about as a coach, I couldn’t be happier for a guy. He just oozes integrity and loyalty and all [those] values that everyone holds dear.”
Obviously coaching in college is much different then the NBA. First, we will have to see if Ewing can recruit which had become a problem for Thompson the last few seasons. Second, these are kids that he must help grow and develop, not the the grown men who can take care of themselves like in the NBA. Either way, it seems like a match made in heaven, and not just for the fact that Ewing has ties to Georgetown but because he’s a good coach, with a goood resume and a ton of support from former/current coaches.