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.

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.

“I am excited about this opportunity to join Georgetown and its long tradition
of athletic and academic excellence,” Thompson III said during an afternoon
press conference.

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. The 1988 Princeton graduate became the
26th head coach in team history on September 6, 2000.

“John Thompson is an ideal fit to be the next head coach of Georgetown’s men’s
basketball program,” Georgetown president John J. DeGioia said. “He has a
demonstrated record of success as a head coach and is committed to the values
that have defined our tradition for a long time.”

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.