Maurice Joyce (1907-1911)

If all Maurice Joyce had ever done was serve as the first coach of basketball at Georgetown University, that alone would be a story worth telling. In fact, his four years were just one of any number of stops among a remarkable journey that took him to careers ranging from a circus performer to that of a United States marshal. Continued...

James Colliflower (1911-1914, 1921-1922)

In 1962, the Washington Post called James Colliflower "the fellow who has a hand in everything that goes on around Washington." A lifelong Washingtonian, Colliflower was a part of the Georgetown community for six decades and twice served as its head basketball coach. Continued...

John O'Reilly (1914-1921, 1923-1927)

In a two decade career as a Georgetown coach and administrator, few were as beloved among its student body than John D. O'Reilly, who coached men's basketball in two periods from 1914 through 1927. Continued...

Jackie Maloney (1922-1923)

One of Georgetown's most popular athletes of his day, Jackie Maloney's time as head basketball coach is, like the man himself, all but forgotten today. Continued...

Elmer Ripley (1927-1929, 1939-1943, 1946-1949)

For sixty years, Elmer Ripley was among the most recognized figures in basketball, and coached at Georgetown in three terms over a two decade period. Continued...

Bill Dudack (1929-1930)

A coach for 42 years at New York's LaSalle Academy, Bill Dudack got his start in coaching through one season at Georgetown, where he starred as a three sport athletes a decade earlier. Continued...

John Colrick (1930-1931)

In over 100 years of Georgetown basketball, John Colrick holds the mark for the fewest wins as a head coach, just five. Continued...

Fred Mesmer (1931-1938)

Georgetown's youngest ever head coach was a 23 year old named Fred Mesmer, who was called into action to coach the Hoyas when he wasn't studying at law school downtown. Continued...

Ken Engles (1945-1946)

In 1945, Georgetown wanted to revive its pre-war basketball team, but its coach was still under contract at Notre Dame for six more months. One of Ripley's former proteges was called back into action. Continued...

Francis (Buddy) O'Grady (1949-1952)

The end of the Elmer Ripley era began a run of five coaches over the next 25 years, none which lasted more than six seasons. An assistant under Elmer Ripley, former Georgetown letterman Buddy O'Grady piloted the club for three seasons from 1949 through 1952. Continued...

Harry (Buddy) Jeannette (1952-1956)

Buddy Jeannette came to Georgetown following a successful NBA playing and coaching career, including a title with the original Baltimore Bullets. Continued...

Tom Nolan (1956-1960)

A basketball letterman from 1935-1938, Georgetown Hall of Fame baseball coach Tom Nolan assumed the basketball duties following Buddy Jeannette's departure in 1956. Continued...

Tom O'Keefe (1960-1966)

A basketball letterman from 1935-1938, Georgetown Hall of Fame baseball coach Tom Nolan assumed the basketball duties following Buddy Jeannette's departure in 1956. Continued...

Jack Magee (1966-1972)

When Georgetown held a search for a new coach in 1966, not a single college head coach or assistant applied. But following a recommendation from Boston College coach Bob Cousy, Georgetown hired the coach at Boston's Catholic Memorial HS, Jack Magee. Continued...

John Thompson (1972-1999)

Hired at the age of 30, John Thompson became the first African-American head coach at a major Division I program and only the third in all of Division I. Georgetown officials hoped the new coach could take the Hoyas to an NIT bid every few years or so. Over the next twenty seven years, Thompson was a seven time National Coach of the Year, coach of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team, and posted 24 consecutive post-season appearances, changing the course of basketball at Georgetown. Continued...

Craig Esherick (1999-2004)

Craig Esherick was thrust into the national spotlight upon John Thompson's sudden resignation in January 1999. Largely unknown to the national media, Esherick had been a part of Georgetown basketball for a quarter-century. Continued...

John Thompson III (2004-2017)

John Thompson III, eldest son of John Thompson, arrived at GU following ten years on the Princeton coaching staff, the last five as head coach, compiling a 68-42 record. Thompson became the first head coach in the history of the Georgetown program to arrive with prior head coaching experience, and used his Princeton offensive philosophy to propel the Hoyas into the NIT in his first season, the NCAA Sweet 16 in his second, and the Final Four in his third. Continued...

Patrick Ewing (2017-present)

Georgetown's most famous basketball players was a career NBA assistant who had never secured a head coaching job in the pros. Amidst a long coaching search following John Thompson III's departure, Ewing put his name in contention, and was selected the program's 18th head coach in 2017. Continued...

Assistant Coaches

A list of all former assistant coaches follows here. Continued...