Let’s Speculate! Potential Georgetown head basketball coach candidates

Welcome to Let’s Speculate! on Coaches Database, where we go through programs that are or may soon be looking for a new head coach and speculate who they may hire next.

Today’s program is Georgetown, coached by Patrick Ewing since 2017 (on the hot seat).

  • Rick Pitino – Iona head coach
    • Pitino has done a (predictably) great job at Iona, now in year three on his way to a second-straight MAAC title and potentially a second NCAA bid. The 70-year-old coach hasn’t given any public indication that he would leave, but he must feel he has more to prove at a bigger program. Georgetown is a private school in the Big East with a strong history and a huge opportunity to change the culture and rebuild in his image. The job checks a lot of boxes for Pitino, while the coach checks a lot of boxes for Georgetown.
  • Mike Brey – Notre Dame head coach
    • The Maryland-native and former DeMatha player and assistant has been a D-I head coach for 28 years, but the soon-to-be 64-year old Brey still has time ahead of him and could really flourish back home in the DMV. His tenure at Notre Dame has stagnated, with just one NCAA Tournament bid in the last five years, but he took the Irish to back-to-back Elite Eights pretty recently and has 16 20+ win seasons. But a change of scenery might benefit all parties.
  • Kim English – George Mason head coach
    • The 34-year old English is an up-and-comer in his second season across town at George Mason after six years as a high-major assistant coach. What he lacks in experience he makes up with youth, enthusiasm and potential. As a young African-American coach from the area, English could come to Georgetown and stay there for years and years if he is able to find success.
  • Mike Rhoades – VCU head coach
    • Rhoades has been at VCU since 2017, taking the Rams to two NCAA Tournaments and consistently competing for A-10 titles (won it in 2019). The PA-native got his start at D-III Randolph-Macon in Ashland, VA, winning four ODAC titles and going to the Sweet Sixteen twice. Might not be the hottest name on the list but he’s a guy who could come in, rebuild and do pretty well.
  • Anthony Grant – Dayton head coach
    • Grant is currently at his alma mater, Dayton, and has done pretty well with the Flyers. We will never know how far the 2019-20 squad would have gone, but they were 29-2 and ranked #3 in the country when the season shut down in March. They have been to two-straight NITs after Obi Toppin left for the NBA but are still squarely in the mix in the A-10. Grant was really successful at VCU and did fine at Alabama, but it just wasn’t the right fit. Georgetown could be a much better destination for when Grant inevitably makes his second jump to the high-major world.
  • Ryan Odom – Utah State head coach
    • Odom has kept things rolling at Utah State since his hiring in 2021, but his crowning achievement thus far was leading 16-seed UMBC to the upset of all upsets over top-seeded Virginia in 2018. The son of long-time coach Dave Odom has made a name for himself, going 115-76 through his first six full seasons as a D-I head coach with three postseason appearances. Earlier coaching stops include time on staff at both American and Virginia Tech, so the local ties are there.
  • Robert Jones – Norfolk State head coach
    • Jones has built a MEAC juggernaut at Norfolk State, winning three of the last four regular season titles and going to two-straight NCAA Tournaments. The Queens-native has been at Norfolk since 2007 and has been head coach since 2013, becoming the second-winningest head coach in program history last year. The flip side is that a MEAC to Big East jump might be too many steps at once, so Georgetown might prefer someone with at least mid-major experience.
  • Mike Jones – Virginia Tech assistant coach
    • Speaking of head coaching experience, Jones is the only guy on our list who hasn’t led a collegiate program. However, he led powerhouse DeMatha Catholic HS (MD) for 19 years, where he was 511-119 (.811) and won nine league titles and one national championship (2006). He coached a number of future NBA players during that time, including Victor Oladipo, Jerian Grant, Jerami Grant, Quinn Cook, and Markelle Fultz, as well as several Georgetown recruits. Now the right-hand man to Mike Young at Virginia Tech, Jones could be a slam dunk for a program in the DMV, it’s just a question of whether or not Georgetown is willing to gamble on that.
  • Chris Mack – former Xavier, Louisville head coach
    • This is tricky one for a couple reasons, the first being that Mack was recently fired after a pretty disastrous tenure at Louisville (though things got WORSE after he left, so who knows?). There are also pretty reliable reports that Georgetown tried to hire the then Xavier head coach in 2017 and he turned it down, leaving for Louisville the following year. All of that aside though, Mack’s tenure at Xavier was impressive, making eight NCAA appearances in nine years with four Sweet Sixteens. He’s the only other guy on this list (besides Brey) to have been a Big East head coach and actually won a Big East title in 2017-18. There’s no way Mack (53) is done coaching and a trip back East could be a perfect fit for both he and the Hoyas.