CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Georgetown has hired Hornets' assistant coach Patrick Ewing to be its next men's basketball coach. 
The Hornets officially acknowledged the move Monday afternoon with a statement from head coach Steve Clifford. 
“This is a big loss for the Charlotte Hornets, but we are all excited for Patrick to have the opportunity to go back to Georgetown," Clifford said. "Everyone knows how much his alma mater means to him."
The last three years he's served as an assistant for the Hornets. Ewing's history with Coach Clifford goes back further than that. 
"He has attacked this profession with the same mentality he had as a player, with hard work, dedication and a passion for the game of basketball," Clifford said. "I’m thrilled that all of Patrick’s hard work has paid off and he has earned the opportunity to be Georgetown’s Head Coach. We wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his coaching career.”
Ewing rejoins the program he helped win an NCAA title in 1984 with coach John Thompson Jr. Ewing is replacing Thompson's son, John Thompson III, who was fired as coach last month after two consecutive losing seasons.