John Thompson dies at 78: Jay Williams pays tribute to the legendary Georgetown head coach.

John Thompson, who led Georgetown to the 1984 national championship and three Final Fours, has died at 78.

Thompson, who coached the likes of Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, and Allen Iverson, during 27 seasons at Georgetown was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Jay Williams pays tribute to the legendary Georgetown head coach: John Thompson

He became the primary Black coach to win the NCAA men’s title when his Hoyas — led by Ewing — beat Houston 84-75 at the Kingdome in Seattle in 1984.

John Thompson

John Thompson was a three-time national coach of the year, three-time Big East coach of the year, won 7 Big East tournament titles and made 14 consecutive appearances within the NCAA Tournament (19 total).

Thompson held a 596-239 record (.714 win percentage) when he shockingly walked faraway from the program that he had built from the bottom up in January 1999 citing marriage problems.

John Thompson words: 

‘‘You know that I’m browsing a drag with my marriage immediately,’’ he said. ’‘I owe it to my family to deal with that. i might be irresponsible if I didn’t address that.’’

“I want to thank coach Thompson … for saving my life,” Iverson said in 2016. “For giving me the opportunity. I was recruited by every school in the country for football and basketball. And an incident happened in high school and all that was taken away. No other teams, no other schools were recruiting me anymore. My mom went to Georgetown and begged him to give me a chance. And he did.”

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