spot_img

On this day in 1984, Coach John Thompson of Georgetown became the first Black head coach to win the NCAA basketball tournament

Date:

spot_img

On April 2, 1984, history was made on the basketball court as Coach John Thompson of Georgetown University led his team to victory in the NCAA basketball tournament, becoming the first Black head coach to achieve this milestone.

Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing cuts his share of the net after Georgetown beat Houston for the NCAA college basketball national championship in Seattle, in this April 3, 1984, file photo. (AP Photo/File)

Throughout his 27-year tenure at Georgetown, Thompson steered his team to an impressive record, including 20 appearances in the NCAA tournament, clinching seven Big East titles, and achieving a remarkable win-loss record of 596-239.

Former Georgetown coach John Thompson, Jr., listens during an NCAA college basketball press conference to formally announce Georgetown’s new basketball head coach Patrick Ewing, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Washington. Ewing played at Georgetown under coach Thompson. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

In 1988, John Thompson Jr. further solidified his legacy by making history as the first-ever Black head coach of the Olympic team.

In this March 9, 2013, file photo, former Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr., left, congratulates his son Georgetown head coach John Thompson III, right, after the Hoya’s 61-39 win over Syracuse in an NCAA college basketball game in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

He passed away in 2020 at 78 years old.


Click play to listen to the AURN News report from Clay Cane. Follow @claycane & @aurnonline for more.

The post On this day in 1984, Coach John Thompson of Georgetown became the first Black head coach to win the NCAA basketball tournament appeared first on American Urban Radio Networks.

Read the Black Chronicle Black History Edition for Free! Click Below

Read the Black Chronicle Black History Edition for Free! Click Below

spot_img
spot_img

Subscribe

Share post:

Popular

More like this
Related

Pritzker heralds passage of health insurance legislation amid cost hike warnings

(The Center Square) – Health insurance procedures will look...

Washington’s high-capacity magazine ban back in court, ruling expected next week

(The Center Square) – There was no decision from...

Judge pauses SEC case against ex-ComEd boss Anne Pramaggiore

(The Center Square) – A federal judge has temporarily...