John Thompson: Legendary African American basketball coach dies

Posted on AllSides August 31st, 2020
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Coach John Thompson, who led the Georgetown University Hoyas basketball team to victory at the 1984 national championship, has died aged 78.

Thompson, who was the first black coach to win the title, is credited with boosting minority representation in college basketball during the 1980s.

He recruited more than 20 players who went on to join the NBA and four who - like him - are in the Hall of Fame.

Thompson was also known for protesting against racial injustice as a coach.

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