Patrick Ewing Mentor, Coach John Thompson, Dies, 78


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, including Jamaica’s Patrick Ewing, and four who – like him – are in the Hall of Fame.