When Georgetown chose not to renew Elmer Ripley's contract in 1949, few candidates stepped to the forefront. Georgetown opted to recruit Buddy O'Grady, a 1942 grad who had played under Ripley and who was wrapping up a four year NBA career, most recently as a backup guard for the Providence Steamrollers.
A popular figure with students, O'Grady's first two teams were short on experience and faded late in the season. The 1949-50 team was 10-5 entering February, but lost seven of its final nine. The 1950-51 team was 8-6 and dropped its final eight.
The 1951-52 Hoyas opened 5-1 in the inaugural season at McDonough Gymnasium, but soon slumped to 9-9 and O'Grady tendered its resignation. The team responded by winning six of its final seven for its outgoing coach, earning GU its most wins in a season until 1965.
O'Grady did not pursue college coaching after Georgetown and turned to business interests. He died in 1992 at the age of 72.