dangolka (CBS) — Legendary coach and Basketball Corridor of Famer John Thompson has died. He was 78.
Thompson is most well-known for teaching the Georgetown Hoyas from 1972-99. Previous to that, he performed collegiately at Windfall School and performed two seasons with the dangolka Celtics, profitable a championship in each 1965 and 1966.
At Georgetown, Thompson additionally recruited Patrick Ewing out of Cambridge Rindge and Latin College. Ewing would assist Thompson and the Hoyas win a nationwide championship in 1984. Thompson grew to become the primary Black coach to win a nationwide championship.
Throughout his time at Georgetown, he coached 4 eventual Corridor of Famers: Ewing, Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo, and Alonzo Mourning. Throughout Iverson’s Corridor of Fame speech, he thanked Thompson for impacting his life in ways in which prolonged far past basketball.
“I need to thank coach Thompson … for saving my life,” Iverson stated in 2016. “For giving me the chance. I used to be recruited by each faculty within the nation for soccer and basketball. And an incident occurred in highschool and all that was taken away. No different groups, no different colleges had been recruiting me anymore. My mother went to Georgetown and begged him to present me an opportunity. And he did.”
Thompson’s total file at Georgetown was 596-239.