Ex-Georgetown Hoyas Basketball Coach John Thompson Death
The Team 980 & 95.9FM, ex-Georgetown Hoyas basketball coach, John Thompson death revealed in a DC Radio station report. He was 78 years old.
According to a tweet from DC Radio station, The Team 980 & 95.9FM, tweeted Legendary Georgetown Coach John Thompson has passed away.
Thompson was the first Africаn-Americаn heаd coаch of win the NCAA Nаtionаl Chаmpionship when the Hoyаs beаt the University of Houston Cougаrs in the v1984 NCAA title.
Naismith Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Big East Coach of the Year John Thompson retired in 1999. During his occupation at Georgetown, he coached several NBA first-round picks, including Patrick Ewing, Bill Martin, Sleepy Floyd, Alonzo Mourning, and Allen Iverson.
In his Hall of Fame Induction 2016 speech, Iverson, the Philadelphia 76ers’ first pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, Iverson thanked Thompson for keeping him alive. “I want to thank coach Thompson for saving my life,” he said.
A Twitter report claims coach John Thompson death cause
The cause of death has not been released yet, and calls and text messages to Georgetown University officials are not responded.
Thompson arranged a coaching record of 596-239 in 27 seasons, and 97 percent of his players stayed all four years and didn’t leave without a college degree.
Twitter users honored Thompson after the Twitter report was released:
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, Kendall Baker tweeted.
Coach John Thompson life and career
Thompson became a television and radio analysis with stops at Turner and Westwood One after his coaching career. Thompson had a surgery in 2015 to correct a harmless twisted organ, that he missed calling the NCAA tournament in that year. “While we will miss John’s presence to tip off the NCAA Tournament, we are most thankful that his health is improving and he is feeling better every day,” Howard Deneroff said.
Before coaching and television, Thompson played basketball at Providence College and won All-American in his senior year. He was the Friars’ all-time leader in points, scoring average, and field goal percentage and second in rebounds.
Thompson was a third-round pick by the Boston Celtics in the 1964 NBA Draft and was Bill Russell’s reserve.
In his NBA career, John averaged 3.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 74 games played. He retired himself from basketball in 1966 in order to have more focus on coaching. Before retiring, he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in their enlargement draft in 1966 at Jerry Sloan time, who’d later become head coach of the Utah Jazz after his playing career.