Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
When we heard rumblings a few weeks ago that Hoyas Head Coach John Thompson III may be on his way out, today that happened as Georgetown University decided to part ways with coach after another dismal season on the books.
“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,” university president John J. DeGioia said in a statement.
“For 13 years, he has been one of the elite coaches in college basketball. 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.”
Thompson issued a statement through his attorney David Falk this afternoon.
“I am honored to have been the Head Coach at Georgetown University for the past 13 years, where I had the privilege of coaching and mentoring outstanding student-athletes. I am proud of what my players have accomplished on the court and how they are thriving since leaving Georgetown.”
“I have been fortunate to work for a dynamic forward-thinking President, Jack DeGioia, whose guidance and unwavering support I cherish. I would also like to thank Athletic Director, Lee Reed, for his strong and public affirmation, particularly during difficult times.
“I am grateful to the fans of Georgetown for their tremendous support. Georgetown Basketball has been a part of my life since 1972, which makes this moment even more impactful but I look forward to my next chapter.”