Georgetown Parts Ways With John Thompson III

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Georgetown parted ways with head coach John Thompson III on Thursday after the Hoyas failed to make the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years.

“It is with profound regret and deep appreciation that I informed John Thompson III this morning that the University will no longer be retaining his services as our Head Men’s Basketball Coach,” President John DeGioia said in a release from the school.

“For thirteen years, he has been one of the elite coaches in college basketball,” DeGioia continued. “His performance as a coach has been exceptional, and he has served our community with remarkable distinction and integrity, sustaining our commitment to the academic performance of our students and providing them with the very best preparation for their lives beyond the Hilltop.”

Since the season ended, Georgetown top recruit Tremont Waters requested a release from his letter of intent and junior L.J. Peak has declared for the NBA Draft.

Georgetown finished the 2016-2017 tournament with a dismal 14-18 record, going 5-13 in Big East play. The Hoyas made eight NCAA tournament appearances under Thompson and reached the Final Four in 2007.

Thompson was the head coach at Princeton for four seasons before making the move to Georgetown in 2004. He led Princeton to two NCAA tournament appearances. Thompson’s is the son of legendary Hoyas coach John Thompson Jr.

“We are committed to taking the necessary steps to strengthen our program and maintaining the highest levels of academic integrity and national competitiveness,” DeGioia reiterated. “We will work immediately to begin a national search for a new Head Men’s Basketball Coach.”


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