John Thompson, the head coach of the basketball college in the Hall of Fame, who led a dominant team in Georgetown in the 80s, died on Monday. He was 78 years old.
No immediate cause of death has been announced. WJLA-TV reported that Thompson had died, citing family and friends.
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His family later issued a statement.
“We are heartbroken to share the news of the death of our father, John Thompson Jr. Our father was an inspiration to many and dedicated his life to the development of young people not just on, but most importantly, off the basketball court. He is revered as a historical shepherd of sports, dedicated primarily to the well-being of his community. For us, however, his greatest legacy remains as a father, grandfather, uncle and friend. More than a coach, he was our foundation. More than a legend, he was the voice in our ear every day. We will miss him, but we are based on the confidence that we carry his faith and determination in us. We will forever appreciate his strength, courage, wisdom and courage, as well as his unfailing love. We know that it will be deeply missed by many and our family appreciates your condolences and prayers. But don̵
Although he was drafted in the third round by the Boston Celtics in 1964, his NBA career lasted only about two seasons. Thompson was best known for bringing together dominant Hoyas teams that included players such as Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mauring and Alan Iverson.
Thompson led Georgetown to the national championship in 1984 with a nine-point victory over Houston.
A bow to Thompson poured over social media.
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Although his exploits on the basketball court are well known, some non-basketball incidents have made him a legendary coach.
Thompson reportedly clashed with a drug king who was linked to several players on the team in the 1980s. In 1989, he left the court in protest of a basketball game against an NCAA-backed bill that would ban fellows from playing their freshmen if they did not qualify academically.
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Thompson resigned as coach in 1999. He would later be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Thompson was replaced by longtime assistant coach Craig Escherich. Esherick will run until 2004 and will be replaced by Thompson’s son, John Thompson III.
Thompson III was a coach until 2017. Ronnie Thompson, his younger son, was a senior coach at Ball State from 2006 to 2007.