Mythical Georgetown faculty basketball trainer John Thompson has died, his circle of relatives introduced in a observation launched by way of the varsity’s athletic program Monday morning. He used to be 78. 

Thompson, who used to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Repute in 1999, was the primary Black head trainer to win the NCAA nationwide name when he guided the Hoyas in 1984. 

“We’re heartbroken to percentage the scoop of the passing of our father, John Thompson, Jr.,” the circle of relatives mentioned in a observation. “Our father used to be an inspiration to many and trustworthy his existence to growing younger other people now not merely on, however most significantly, off the basketball court docket. He’s respected as a ancient shepherd of the game, devoted to the welfare of his group above all else. Alternatively, for us, his largest legacy stays as a father, grandfather, uncle, and buddy. Greater than a trainer, he used to be our basis. Greater than a legend, he used to be the voice in our ear on a regular basis.

“We can pass over him however are grounded within the assurance that we stock his religion and resolution in us. We can cherish eternally his energy, braveness, knowledge and boldness, in addition to his unfailing love.  We all know that he’ll be deeply ignored by way of many and our circle of relatives appreciates your condolences and prayers. However don’t concern about him, as a result of as he at all times preferred to mention, ‘….”Large Ace’” is cool.”

In 27 seasons (1972-99) at Georgetown, Thompson had a 596-239 profession document, and 97% of the student-athletes he coached who stayed for 4 years (76 of 78) left the college with a point, in line with Georgetown. He led Georgetown to 3 Ultimate Fours and 20 NCAA tournaments.

The 3-time Large East trainer of the 12 months retired in 1999, and Thompson’s son, John Thompson III, later was Georgetown’s trainer from 2004-17. 

Thompson coached a number of long run NBA greats, together with Allen Iverson, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Patrick Ewing, the 1985 nationwide participant of the 12 months and the staff’s present head trainer.

In his 2016 Corridor of Repute speech, Iverson credited Thompson for “saving my existence” after giving him a scholarship when different elite colleges rescinded their gives following Iverson’s 3 legal convictions that have been later overturned. 

Thompson had maximum not too long ago been a basketball analyst for Turner Sports activities and Westwood One. 

In his taking part in profession, Thompson used to be Corridor of Famer Invoice Russell’s backup with the Celtics after a standout profession at Windfall, the place he scored 1,520 issues in 79 video games.