March 4, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University announced on Monday, March 3 that the new Intercollegiate Athletics Center on campus will bear the name John R. Thompson Jr., in honor of the Hall of Fame Men's Basketball Coach who guided the Hoyas for 27 years and led the program to the 1984 NCAA Championship.
Ground is expected to be broken on the building in the summer of 2014 and plans are for the John R. Thompson Intercollegiate Athletics Center to open in fall 2016.
John Thompson Jr.'s name is synonymous with success. From 1972 to 1999, he compiled 596 wins, the most of any coach in the history of Georgetown University and the magnitude of his achievements are undeniable.
"John embodies the most profound values, the deepest values that animate the Georgetown community," says Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. "He showed us what it meant for us to be true to our mission, to live authentically."
On the court, he amassed league-leading records against all BIG EAST Conference opponents (233-122) and captured 13 BIG EAST Championships, seven regular season titles and six tournament championships. Thompson's Hoya teams earned 24 consecutive invitations to postseason play, appeared in three NCAA Final Fours (1982, 1984 and 1985) and won the NCAA Championship in 1984. Off the court, he inspired his players to pursue their degrees and Thompson ended his tenure with a 97 percent graduation rate, while 26 of his players were drafted by the National Basketball Association, including eight of them in the first round.
"We're very excited to be able to have the opportunity to recognize the career of John Thompson Jr. this way," Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed said. "Coach Thompson's legacy as a leader, a teacher and a coach are unparalleled in college athletics. Having his name on this building is a fitting honor."
Thompson had the privilege to be a part of the United States Olympic effort on several occasions. In 1988, he was the Head Men's Basketball Coach at the Seoul Olympics. He helped to secure the gold medal twice, once as an assistant coach for the 1976 squad and later as a member of the selection committee for the 1984 team.
A member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame, Thompson was named Coach of the Year a total of seven times. The BIG EAST honored him with the award following the 1979-80, 1986-87 and 1991-92 seasons. After leading the Hoyas to the National Championship in 1984 he received the title from The United States Basketball Writers Association and The Sporting News. Following a consecutive return to the National Championship game in 1985, he was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He even garnered the award on a global scale when The United Press International honored him following the 1986-87 seasons.
The John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center is a major priority of For Generations to Come, the Georgetown Campaign.
The four-story, 144,000-square-foot building will be constructed adjacent to McDonough Arena and include: practice courts, locker rooms, team meeting rooms, lounge areas and coaches' offices for men's and women's basketball, locker rooms for four additional varsity sports, weight-training and sports medicine rooms for all varsity athletes, student-athlete Academic and Leadership Center, auditorium and team meeting facilities for all varsity programs and a new venue for the Georgetown Athletics Hall of Fame.
The John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center is the largest single facilities goal remaining in Georgetown's historic $1.5 billion fundraising campaign, For Generations to Come. The athletics portion of that goal is $125 million, with $60 million dedicated to the construction of the Thompson Center.
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