Tuesday , Apr , 20 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Hoyas hire Thompson III

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Georgetown made an attempt to resurrect
its basketball program on Tuesday, hiring John Thompson III as men’s
basketball coach.

Thompson III will be officially introduced at an afternoon press conference.

He is the son of John Thompson, who coached the Hoyas to their only national
championship in 1984. Georgetown also reached the national title game in 1982
and 1985 under Thompson.

Thompson III spent the last four years at Princeton and replaces Craig
Esherick, who was fired in March after Georgetown ended the 2003-04 season
with a disappointing 13-15 record after a 10-0 start. The Hoyas had just a
4-12 mark in the Big East Conference.

Thompson III guided Princeton to a pair of Ivy League championships in his
first three seasons as head coach. Thompson, a 1988 Princeton graduate,
became the 26th head coach in team history on September 6, 2000.

Princeton also reached the NCAA Tournament this past season, where it lost to
Texas in the first round. Thompson III also led the Tigers to the 2001

Under Esherick’s tutelage, the Hoyas reached the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and
advanced to the Sweet 16. However, they have missed the NCAA tournament in
each of the past three seasons. The Hoyas did reach the NIT Final last year.