Georgetown parted ways Thursday with John Thompson III, its men’s basketball coach for the past 13 seasons, in a painful separation from a family coaching tradition that built a national power in the 1980s and guided the program for more than four decades.
Thompson, 51, led Georgetown to eight NCAA tournament appearances, including a run to the Final Four in 2007, since taking over in 2004. The program had faltered in recent seasons, however, finishing the past two with losing records and missing out on the NCAA tournament for three of the past four. Students, alumni and others within the fan base had called for Thompson’s dismissal from the program, which had not compiled consecutive losing seasons since 1971-72 and 1972-73. The latter season was the program’s first under Thompson’s father, Hall of Fame coach John Thompson Jr., who transformed the Hoyas into a college basketball power over more than 26 seasons.