John Thompson Jr.

John Thompson Jr.

Birth
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Death 30 Aug 2020 (aged 78)
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 215052438 · View Source
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College Basketball Coach. He began as a player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and was chosen in the third round of the 1964 NBA draft by The Boston Celtics' Red Auerbach. Thompson was used as backup to Bill Russell when the team won championships in 1965 and 1966. His stint in the NBA ended after two seasons. He had an opportunity to join the Chicago Bulls but chose to pursue an opportunity to work with kids. He accepted a position as the head coach at St. Anthony Catholic School in Washington in 1966. He was 122-28 during his six-year stretch before Georgetown hired him in 1972. The Hoyas had won three games the season before. By 1975, he had led the Hoyas to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament for the first time in 32 years. He led Georgetown to win the 1984 NCAA National Championship becoming the first Black coach to win. He also took Georgetown to three Final Fours in the 1980s while also winning seven Big East titles. In 1988, he led the United States national team to a bronze medal in the Olympics. His coaching includes the recruitment and development of four players in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Allen Iverson. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999 and was a pioneer credited with opening the door for a generation of minority coaches.?His national title run in 1984 was the first by a Black head coach and altered the perception of Black coaches. Winning became the dominant theme in his career. It all started with Patrick Ewing, who dominated college basketball throughout a four-year career that included a national title game in 1982, a national championship in 1984 and another trip to the title game in 1985. After Ewing, he never returned to the Final Four, but players like Mourning and Iverson extended his legacy. He was known as the coach who stalked the sideline with his patented white towel. He suddenly resigned midway through the 1998-1999 season due to problems in his marriage. He was surrounded by his team, which had lost its first four Big East games that season, when he made the announcement about his resignation and he never returned to coaching. He finished with a career record of 596-239.

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