Patrick Ewing will not return next season as the Georgetown Hoyas’ men’s basketball coach, the school announced Thursday evening.
Ewing, one of the greatest college basketball players of all time while at Georgetown, was the head coach of his alma mater for six years and finished with a 75–109 record.
“I am very proud to graduate from Georgetown University,” Ewing said in a statement. “And I’m very grateful to President [John J.] Thank you DeGioa for giving me the opportunity to pursue my ambition of becoming a head basketball coach. Being in charge of the basketball program at my alma mater is especially meaningful to me. I want nothing more than the success of the program. I will always be a Hoya.”
Ewing had never been a head coach at any level before being succeeded by John Thompson III at Georgetown.
Hoyes said he has begun a national search for “new leadership”.
Ewing coached the Hoyas to the NCAA Tournament in 2021 after winning the Big East Tournament title, but they have struggled since then. Georgetown was winless in conference play last season, going 6–25 overall. This season, the Hoyas went 7–25 overall and 2–18 in Big East play.
The Hoyas lost a Big East-record 29 consecutive conference games that began during the 2021 regular season and ended in January.
Georgetown’s season ended Wednesday night with an 80–48 loss to Villanova in the first round of the Big East Tournament.
“Patrick Ewing is the heart of Georgetown basketball,” Dagioa said in a statement. “I am so grateful to Coach Ewing for his vision, his determination, and all that he has enabled Georgetown to achieve. Over these past six years, he has been tireless in his dedication to his team and the young men he serves. He coached and we will forever be grateful for Patrick’s courage and leadership in our Georgetown community.”
Under the tutelage of head coach John Thompson, Ewing helped make Georgetown one of college basketball’s powerhouses in the 1980s. He was a three-time All-American during his time with the Hoyas, earning National Player of the Year honors in 1985 and winning a national championship in 1984.
Ewing was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks, spending 15 seasons of his Hall of Fame career with the Knicks. He was named an NBA All-Star 11 times. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.
Before joining Georgetown as head coach in 2017, Ewing spent 14 seasons as an assistant coach in the NBA with the Charlotte Bobcats, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards.