After well over a decade of working his way up the ranks as an assistant coach for several NBA teams, NBA legend Patrick Ewing is finally getting his chance to lead a team as a head coach.

Georgetown University has officially hired Patrick Ewing as their new head coach, the team announced this afternoon. Ewing played his college basketball at Georgetown from 1981 to 1985, helping lead the Hoyas to three national title games in 1982, 1984, and 1985, and a national championship during his junior season in 1984.

Ewing will replace long-time Georgetown coach John Thompson III, who was fired last month after 13 seasons as their head coach. Thompson III compiled a 278-151 overall record in his 13 seasons as Georgetown’s coach, with his most successful season occurring in 2007, when his team reached the Final Four.

Ewing will leave his role as associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets to take over his new head coaching job at his alta mater. Ewing’s status as a Hall of Famer should significantly help Georgetown’s recruiting process in the years to come, as the university looks to potentially add to its list of alumni who went on to have Hall of Fame NBA careers, a list that other than Ewing currently only includes Allen Iverson. Georgetown also bred NBA greats Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo, as well as current players Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, Greg Monroe, and Otto Porter.

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