Patrick Ewing Will Return To Georgetown As Head Coach of Men's Basketball Team
After a stint as the assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets, Patrick Ewing has been hired as the head coach at his alma mater, Georgetown University. A four-year student athlete at the DC institution, Ewing holds records to this day. He replaces John Thompson III, son of his own college coach, John Thompson Jr.
Those old enough to remember Ewing’s career with the Hoyas know it to be nothing short of heroic. An imposing defender and bully on the boards, he faced Michael Jordan and UNC’s Tar Heels (a school Ewing himself almost attended) in the 1982 NCAA Finals, a classic by any and all measures. They’d lose that match but return the following year to face Hakeem Olajuwan and the University of Houston in the 83-84 finals, winning Georgetown’s first-ever National Championship. The next year, Ewing was drafted number one overall to the NBA.
There’s still no word on whether we can count on the Knicks star to make an appearance in the upcoming reboot of Space Jam. But there’s certainly still time to sort that one out. Stay tuned for more, including Ewing’s official acceptance speech in the days ahead.