However, the team failed to reach the big dance in thee of the past four seasons.
Ewing has never been a head coach at any level of basketball, but has spent the past 15 years as an assistant coach with four different NBA teams, including the Washington Wizards, with whom the Hoyas share the Verizon Center. That should be fun to watch from a rivalry standpoint, especially considering how things went down between the two programs toward the end of a Big East tournament matchup last month.
Patrick Ewing spent years grinding as an National Basketball Association assistant in hopes of one day leading a team of his own.
It was announced early Monday that Patrick Ewing planned to take a formal interview with his Alma Mater, Georgetown.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, "Patrick Ewing has a multi-year deal to become Georgetown's coach". His extensive National Basketball Association coaching experience as an assistant makes him substantially more qualified to take over his Big East alma mater than Chris Mullin, who became head coach at St. John's in 2015 despite never holding a college or National Basketball Association coaching position and is 22-43 in two seasons. It can be a mistake to try to recapture past glory by making a move like this, but in this case, Ewing has proven that he deserves a head coaching job.
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Miami Heat owner Micky Arison, whose team had many memorable battles with Ewing's Knicks, saw fit to chime in. Mullin had zero coaching experience when he was hired in 2015 to resurrect St. John's, meaning he was a hire made exclusively based on the idea of rejuvenating a program by hiring a famously successful former player. Patrick's son, Ewing Jr, served as an assistant coach under Thompson III while Ewing played for JTIII's father back in the '80s. Patrick Ewing was the first. What do you expect from Georgetown in 2017?
Ewing graduated from Georgetown in 1985 after being named consensus first-team all-American for three straight years, beginning when he was a sophomore. He was selected as one of the top 50 players in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
"To hire a head coach with this depth of coaching experience and personal achievements is tremendous", athletic director Lee Reed said.
BREAKING: Georgetown has hired Patrick Ewing as head coach, a source confirms. Retaining current players - only seven current Hoyas are scheduled to return next season - and bolstering the roster are certainly jobs 1a/1b for Ewing.
Those Hoyas were often called the "Beast of the East".