Former Hoyas star Patrick Ewing hired as new head coach at Georgetown University

Charlotte Bobcats acting head coach Patrick Ewing directs his team as they play the New York Knicks in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. Ewing is filling in for Bobcats coach Steve Clifford who is hospitalized. (AP File Photo/Nell Redmond)

Georgetown University has hired former Hoyas player and NBA star Patrick Ewing as the school's new head basketball coach on Monday, according to ESPN 980.

Ewing takes the helm as head coach after John Thompson III was fired by the university on March 23. Thompson III is the son of Ewing's college coach at Georgetown, John Thompson Jr.

The Hall of Fame center currently worked as the associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, and spent 15 years as an assistant coach in the NBA. He served as an assistant with the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic, according to a release from Georgetown University.

"Patrick's commitment to Georgetown and to further animating our legacy of excellence is inspiring," said University President John J. DeGioia. "He is a visionary leader with a deep connection to our community. His experience as a coach over the last 15 years with some of the best basketball minds in the country has prepared him to lead our program. We very much look forward to welcoming him back to our Hilltop as the Head Coach of our men's basketball team," according to the release.

"My four years at Georgetown were the best of my life," Ewing said. "Georgetown is my home and it is a great honor for me to return to my alma mater and serve as the next head coach. I have been preparing to be a head coach for many years and can’t wait to return to the Hilltop," the release states.

This past season, Georgetown finished with a record of 14-18, including a 5-13 record in the Big East, according to an ABC7 News story.

A pair of eyeballs was tweeted from the Georgetown Hoyas Twitter page in response to the news.

Ewing was a First Team All-American three times, and led the Hoyas to the 1984 national championship title, and was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament that same year. He also led Georgetown to three NCAA Championship game appearances, the release states.

According to the release, Ewing is second all-time in scoring at Georgetown with 15.3 points in 143 games. He is one of only four players in the school's history to score at least 2,000 points (2,184).

He is also the all-time leader in total rebounds (1,316), most blocked shots (493) and most games played with 143, the release adds.

This story has been updated.

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