John Thompson III will not return as the head coach of Georgetown after 13 seasons. Thompson’s dismissal was first reported by Casual Hoya.
University President John J. DeGioia released a statement acknowledging the removal of Thompson.
“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.
For thirteen 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. Our tradition of excellence as a University will forever be inextricably linked with John and his family.
We are committed to taking the necessary steps to strengthen our program and maintaining the highest levels of academic integrity and national competitiveness.
We will work immediately to begin a national search for a new Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
I remain deeply grateful to John for all that he has done on behalf of Georgetown University.”
Thompson, is the son of legendary Georgetown head coach John Thompson Jr. The younger Thompson guided the Hoyas to the Final Four in 2007, the program’s first trip since his father led them to the Final Four in 1985.
But the Hoyas failed to repeat the success under Thompson III. The program never made it back out of the Round of 32 after their trip to the Final Four. They lost to double-digit seeds five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Fans and alumni grew tiresome of the direction the Hoyas were headed after those upset losses to mid-major programs shifted into the regular season.
In 2015, Georgetown had losses to Radford, Monmouth, and UNC-Asheville, all at home. This past season, they lost to Arkansas State at home, drawing chants of “Fire Thompson” from fans. In a lost to St. John’s fans in attendance displayed a banner that stated “Fire JT3.”
The Hoyas finished the 2016-17 with their second consecutive losing season, and missed the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons.
The surname Thompson has been synonymous with Georgetown, starting with the elder Thompson, who coached the Hoyas for 26 seasons.
Thompson III won three Big East regular season championships and the 2007 Big East Tournament championship. He was named Big East Coach of the Year in 2013. He compiled a record of 278-151 at Georgetown.