John Thompson, who led the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team for 27 seasons, has died, according to a Washington, D.C., radio station.
Breaking News: Legendary Georgetown Coach John Thompson has passed away. The Hall of Famer became the first African-American head coach to win the NCAA National Championship, leading the Hoyas to the 1984 title. Coach Thompson will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/wrNyzN2vFU
Thompson, 78, compiled a coaching record of 596-239, and 97% of his players stayed all four years and left with a college degree. He was the first Black head coach to win the NCAA national championship when the Hoyas defeated the University of Houston Cougars in the 1984 NCAA title game.
ð Legendary Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson has passed away, per @team980. »Big John Thompson is the single most important black man in the history of D.C. sports. » – @clintonyates pic.twitter.com/Y4yCSPA5rW
A Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Big East Coach of the Year, Thompson retired from coaching in 1999. During his tenure at Georgetown, he coached several NBA first-round picks including Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Martin, Sleepy Floyd and Allen Iverson.
Thompson was born and raised in Washington, D.C. At Archbishop Carroll High School, he emerged as a standout center, playing in three consecutive city championship games. During his senior year, Thompson led Carroll to a 24â0 record, preserving its 48-game winning streak along the way.
After graduation, Thompson went to Providence College, where he played on the 1963 NIT Championship team and was part of the first Providence NCAA tournament team in 1964. He was an All-American in his senior year of 1964.
Thompson was drafted in the third round in 1964 and played two years in the NBA for the Boston Celtics.
2020 is crazy R.I.P to one of the greatest coaches to ever live. John Thompson!! He made Georgetown Hoyas what they are till this day. Rest in Heaven Legend!! ðð¿ðð¿ðð¿ pic.twitter.com/akV3GSMVXX
Thompson then became the head coach at St. Anthony High School in Washington, D.C., from 1966 to 1972, racking up a 122â28 record. He was then hired to become the head coach of Georgetownâs menâs basketball team, where he spent the remainder of his Hall of Fame career.
Over the following 27 years, Thompsonâs Hoyas had a .714 winning percentage and ran off a streak of 24 postseason appearances, including a 14-year streak of NCAA appearances from 1979 to 1992 that saw three Final Four appearances in 1982, 1984 and 1985, a national championship in 1984 and narrowly missing a repeat the next year by losing to underdog Villanova.
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