Longtime Georgetown women's basketball coach Pat Knapp has left the school to return to the city where his coaching career began. Knapp was introduced yesterday as the women's basketball coach at the University of Pennsylvania.
"I think this is like a good baseball trade," Knapp said. "This is good for me and Penn, and this is good for Georgetown."
Knapp came to Georgetown in 1986, going 248-264 in 18 seasons. He led the Hoyas to their only NCAA tournament appearance in school history in 1993, advancing to the round of 16. That year, they also shared the Big East Conference regular season title and won a school-record 23 games. In four of the last six years, Georgetown has advanced to the Women's National Invitational Tournament.
"Pat has done the Georgetown community a great service these past 18 years and we are very grateful for all his efforts," interim athletic director Adam Brick said in a statement released by the university.
Penn approached Knapp on July 12, five days after former Quakers coach Kelly Greenberg became Boston University's coach.
"I'm going to a great university," Knapp said. "Philadelphia basketball is where I grew up. The Palestra is the cathedral of college basketball. The Big 5 is outstanding competition. . . . It's my home."
Knapp inherits a successful program: Penn has won the Ivy League two of the last four years, including last season.
"It's our job to continue that, and that's also very attractive," Knapp said.
"[At] every other job I've taken, the school was at the bottom when I got there."
-- Kathy Orton