Fred Mesmer (1908-1974)
Head Coach, 1931-38
Fred Mesmer ended his basketball career in 1030 as the school's fourth all time leading scorer, but was called back into service when head coach John Colrick was fired after just one season. A law student in 1931, the 23 year old Mesmer served seven years as coach with a record that was not up to past standards (53-76) but reflected an era where Georgetown had placed a lesser emphasis on sports. Throughout the run, Mesmer was a popular figure in Georgetown sports, and when Elmer Ripley had expressed an interest in returning to the Hilltop in 1938, Mesmer stepped aside for his old mentor.
As for Mesmer's GU legacy, it's a notable one. Mesmer's youngest daughter married Wells Stanwick (B'76). Of their eight children, all of whom played college lacrosse, three daughters attended Georgetown and earned consensus All-America honors: Sheehan (B'01), Wick (B'03) and Coco (B'07).
For his accomplishments in basketball and tennis, Fred Mesmer was named to the inaugural class of the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1953. He died in 1974 at the age of 68.