Hall of fame coach John Thompson has passed away at the age of 78, his family and friends confirmed to ABC 7 News in Washington, D.C. early Monday morning.
Thompson served as the head coach of Georgetown University from 1972-99, leading the Hoyas to 20 NCAA Tournament appearances in his 27 seasons at the helm. In 1984, Thompson led Georgetown to its lone national title, becoming the first African-American head coach to lead a team to an NCAA Division I Championship in any sport.
He also led a United States National Team that featured Mitch Richmond, Danny Manning and David Robinson to a Bronze Medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.
During his tenure at Georgetown, Thompson coached over 25 players that would make it to the NBA, including Hall of Famers Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning and Allen Iverson.
Following his coaching career, Thompson spent time as an NBA analyst and was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999.
Thompson's passing is a monumental loss for the basketball world.
Thanks For Saving My Life Coach. I'm going to miss you, but I'm sure that you are looking down on us with a big smile. I would give anything just for one more phone call from you only to hear you say, "Hey MF", then we would talk about everything except basketball....... pic.twitter.com/03yj4gZv5q- Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) August 31, 2020
Very sad news to wake up to on this cloudy morning. Our legendary Georgetown coach, John Thompson has passed away. He was my mentor, great teacher, hero and a father figure to so many us who got the chance to play for him. Under coach Thompson, I learned a lot about the game of basketball but most importantly, I learned how to be a man in society. We will really miss him. RIP coach. 💔💔💔
Coach; thank you for everything and I will always honor you by paying it forward! - Alonzo Mourning (@iamzo33) August 31, 2020
I love you💔
Rest in Peace..
Statement from Michael Jordan pic.twitter.com/PL8ASREKFD- Estee Portnoy (@esteep) August 31, 2020
Our condolences to the Thompson family during this difficult time.- Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 31, 2020
Rest in peace, John. pic.twitter.com/DcqQKfty02
A legend and leader in our community, on and off the floor. Rest in peace, Coach.- Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) August 31, 2020
Keeping the Thompson family in our thoughts. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/IjhYspMgYQ
This year just keep getting worse!!- Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) August 31, 2020
RIP COACH JOHN THOMPSON. I was honored to have the opportunity to pick your brain and learn from you while in DC. You had the look of intimidation and focus but had the mindset of a wise man. You're a legend and will truly be missed!!
Rest In Peace Legend, John Thompson 🙏🏾- Malcolm Miller (@MalcMili13) August 31, 2020
💔 Legend...Rest in Power Coach Thompson pic.twitter.com/V6shLa48jQ- Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) August 31, 2020
RIP to the legend John Thompson. 👑- 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) August 31, 2020
RIP John Thompson!!! Just had a sit down with you last year around this time... Appreciate the words of encouragement 🙏🏾💙🏁- Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) August 31, 2020
RIP John Thompson. One of the all time best coaches and mentors in college basketball history. 💔🙏🏻- Kevin Love (@kevinlove) August 31, 2020
Rest In Peace & Power- Caron Butler (@realtuffjuice) August 31, 2020
To the legendary #JohnThompson
Rest In Peace John Thompson Sport and Society are forever indebted to you my friend, mentor to all, Industry Giant. My prayers are with family and friends on this difficult day. #GeorgetownFamily pic.twitter.com/Pprz6RvsqU- Isiah Thomas (@IsiahThomas) August 31, 2020
Man Rest In Power John Thompson Jr aka "Big John" !!!- Greg Monroe (@M10OSE) August 31, 2020