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John Thompson

American college basketball coach

Died when: 78 years 363 days (947 months)
Star Sign: Virgo

 

John Thompson

John Robert Thompson Jr. (September 2, 1941 – August 30, 2020) was an American college basketball coach for the Georgetown Hoyas men's team.He became the first African-American head coach to win a major collegiate championship in basketball when he led the Hoyas to the NCAA Division I national championship in 1984.

Thompson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.Thompson played college basketball for the Providence Friars and earned honorable mention All-American honors in 1964.

He played for two seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Boston Celtics, who won an NBA championship in both seasons.

Thompson became a high school coach in Washington, D.C., before coaching Georgetown for 27 seasons.He worked as a radio and television sports commentator after his retirement from coaching.


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