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FULL STAFF: Ewing Hires Former UW-M Head Coach Pat Baldwin as Third Assistant

Baldwin officially joins Nickelberry and Crouch, with Orr changing roles

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Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas have made it official and the third assistant coach will indeed be Pat Baldwin, Sr.

The announcement also reveals that Vernon Hamilton has been named Director of Player Development. Per LSU, Hamilton was the Director of Player Development after being hired as Assistant to the Head Coach for LSU.

Also, per the GUHoyas roster and bio, “Louis Orr joined the Georgetown men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach in June 2017 and has since moved in to the role of special assistant to the head coach.” Hopefully Orr continues to contribute at a high level, potentially without needing to travel as much.

Last week, fans had heard reports that Baldwin had been hired from Hilltop Hoops and Adam Zagoria.

After dismissing Robert Kirby and Akbar Waheed in March, Ewing now has a brand new Recruiting Coordinator in Kevin Nickelberry, an elevated former “special assistant” in Clinton Crouch, and now Baldwin as his assistant coaches. Louis Orr takes on a different coaching role as “Special Assistant to the Head Coach.”

Last week many wondered about the motivation for hiring the former coach of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee as his son, Pat Baldwin, Jr., has stated his intent to remain in the NBA Draft. Baldwin Jr. also appears to have an agent . who may be NCAA-certified. Recovering from an ankle injury, and not testing so well at the NBA Draft Combine, there is a path for Baldwin, Jr. to return to college if he were to miraculously go undrafted.

However, PBJ is still expected to be drafted in the early second round and will be considered a steal in the NBA if he truly bounces back anywhere near his 5-star, top 4 status as a recruit. The point being to not get your hopes up that he could be a Hoya.

Without Baldwin, Jr. as a deal sweetener, the question becomes, “What can Pat Baldwin, Sr. do for Georgetown?” Baldwin was let go from Milwaukee in March 2022, after a 10-22 (8-14) season, with the press release stating:

“On behalf of our entire program and the UWM community, we thank Coach Baldwin for his tireless work and for his time as the head coach of our program,” Braun said. “We appreciate Pat’s genuine commitment to our student-athletes, whether that was on the court, in the classroom, or as a mentor to young adults. We certainly wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”

Baldwin posted an overall record of 57-92 in his five seasons, going 34-59 in Horizon League play.

Baldwin posted 16 victories and a fifth-place finish his first year, but has finished no higher than eighth in each of the past four seasons. This winter, the team was selected to place fourth in the Horizon League preseason poll, but struggled down the stretch, losing 10 of its final 13 games in placing ninth.

A look at Baldwin’s stats as a coach does not necessarily inspire hope that he would bring something special in terms of development and in-game strategies to Ewing’s staff.

Coaching Record Table
Season School Conf G W L W-L% SRS SOS
2017-18 Milwaukee Horizon 33 16 17 .485 -4.15 -4.25
2018-19 Milwaukee Horizon 31 9 22 .290 -8.90 -2.50
2019-20 Milwaukee Horizon 31 12 19 .387 -7.22 -3.91
2020-21 Milwaukee Horizon 22 10 12 .455 -7.71 -6.98
2021-22 Milwaukee Horizon 32 10 22 .313 -13.19 -6.32
Career Milwaukee 149 57 92 .383 -8.23 -4.79
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 6/16/2022.

Prior to Milwaukee, Baldwin was at Northwestern as an assistant for four years under head coach Chris Collins. His UW-M bio states that “Baldwin spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Northwestern, helping rebuild his alma mater into a force in the Big Ten” and “[a]s an assistant coach at NU, where he worked primarily with the guards, Baldwin helped the Wildcats land recruiting classes ranked in the nation’s top 30.”

Here is the GUHoyas press release:

Ewing Adds Baldwin and Hamilton to Round Out Men’s Basketball Staff

WASHINGTON – Georgetown University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Patrick Ewing announced the addition of both Assistant Coach Pat Baldwin and Director of Player Development Vernon Hamilton. Baldwin most recently served as the head coach at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee while Hamilton was most recently at LSU.

ON THE RECORD

“I’m so excited to be part of the Hoya family. When you think of Georgetown, you think of Coach John Thompson, the tradition and the history and that was one of the reasons it is so appealing to me. To be a part of Coach Ewing’s staff - knowing him as a Hall of Famer and a legend, but more importantly, what this program means to him - it makes you want to work just as hard to do some great things in the BIG EAST.” - Assistant Coach Pat Baldwin

“To work at such a prestigious University, both athletically and academically, was an easy decision. It’s an opportunity to work in the BIG EAST Conference, one of the best, if not the best conferences in college basketball - and that means a lot to me. I want to be able to be a resource for the young men on this team - I was in the same position as they are recently and can be there to listen and help them work through whatever it is they are going through, on and off the court.” - Director of Player Development Vernon Hamilton

“I’m looking forward to working with both Pat Baldwin and Vernon Hamilton. We have a lot of work ahead of us and I think both will play a substantial role in the process as we prepare for the upcoming season.” - Head Coach Patrick Ewing

ROAD TO GU: PAT BALDWIN

  • Baldwin arrives on the Hilltop after spending the previous five seasons as the head coach at UW-Milwaukee.
  • In his first season on the bench, he led the Panthers to 16 victories, an improvement of five wins over the prior season while also finishing four spots higher in the final Horizon League regular season standings.
  • During his first season, five different school records were set with Milwaukee advancing to the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament, the first of three HL semifinal appearances for Baldwin-led teams.
  • Baldwin’s tenure saw a trio of Panthers earn All-Horizon League honors and one player on the HL All-Freshman team as well as the team among the NCAA leaders and nearly setting a program record for free throw percentage (.746, 2018-19).
  • Prior to UWM, Baldwin spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Northwestern, helping rebuild his alma mater into a force in the Big Ten. A key member of the Northwestern coaching staff under Head Coach Chris Collins, Baldwin saw the Wildcats increase their win total in each of his four years there.
  • In his final campaign with the Wildcats, Northwestern tallied a school-record 24 victories and the first NCAA tournament berth in school history. NU’s campaign also included 10 wins in Big Ten play for the first time since the 1930s. That followed what was a school-record 20 wins during the 2015-16 campaign.
  • As an assistant coach at NU, where he worked primarily with the guards, Baldwin helped the Wildcats land recruiting classes ranked in the nation’s top 30.
  • Baldwin started his coaching career at Lincoln University in Missouri (2001-02) with stops at UW-Green Bay (2002-04), Loyola Chicago (2004-11) and Missouri State (2011-13) before arriving at Northwestern in 2013.

BALDWIN, THE PLAYER & THE PERSON

  • Baldwin is a 1994 graduate of Northwestern and was one of the top players in school history. He still stands among the top 20 scorers, was a three-time team captain, graduated as the school’s all-time leader in steals and assists, and was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
  • Baldwin was a standout player for Northwestern from 1990-94. He still ranks first in school history with 272 career steals, second all-time with 452 assists and 20th with 1,189 points. His 90 steals as a freshman in 1990-91 are the school’s single-season record, while his 154 assists as a senior in 1993-94 rank third in school history.
  • The native of Leavenworth, Kansas played professionally in Bosnia and Croatia before joining the coaching ranks.
  • Patrick and Shawn (née Karey) have four children: Patrick Jr., Tatum, Brooke and Claire.

ROAD TO GU: VERNON HAMILTON

  • Vernon Hamilton arrives on the Hilltop following a two-year stint at LSU, most recently serving as the director of player development for the Tigers.
  • While at LSU, Hamilton helped with the development of Cameron Thomas and Tari Eason. Thomas was the 27th overall pick of the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft.
  • Prior to his time at LSU, Hamilton spent two years as an assistant and associate head basketball coach of the Jeonju KCC Egis team in the South Korean Basketball League. The team advanced to the KBL semifinals in 2019. Hamilton was the first American and youngest coach selected to coach in the KBL All-Star game.
  • He also served as a member of the player development staff for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2017-18 season, assisting Mavericks staff with on-court drills, player workouts and breakdown of player videos and workouts.
  • Hamilton spent two years (2014-16) as a graduate assistant at Clemson while also earning his masters of science in youth development leadership at the school. He assisted in several aspects of the basketball program working with the coaching staff and student-athletes.

HAMILTON, THE PLAYER & THE PERSON

  • Hamilton was a four-year starter for Clemson (2003-07) and ended his career No. 1 all-time in steals and steals average with 271 steals (2.13 spg). That was good enough for sixth in career steals in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He ranks eighth in career assists at Clemson with 399 and scored more than 1,200 points to finish in the top 25 in school history.
  • He was First Team ACC All-Defensive team in 2006 and on the Collegeinsider.com Defensive All-American team in 2007. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management in 2007.
  • Professionally, Hamilton played basketball overseas, including earning defensive player of the year of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2011. His Colorado 14ers won the NBA G League title in 2009. Hamilton also participated in training camp with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Detroit Pistons.
  • The Richmond, Virginia native has also served as marketing logistics manager for Coca-Cola Glaceau in Washington, D.C. He has served for several years as a mentor with 100 Black Men of Atlanta and was co-chair of the Kids Score Against Kidney Disease Basketball Camp in Richmond, Virginia presented by the National Kidney Foundation in 2005.