Statement from Georgetown on Men's Basketball

March 23, 2017

Statement from Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia
March 23, 2017

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.

Statement from Georgetown University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed

Decisions like this are not easy to make and are not made without a thorough process.

I want to thank John for his service to Georgetown over the last 13 years. He has been an exemplary leader for our men's basketball program and a great ambassador for our University.

John Thompson III took over the men's basketball program in 2005 and guided our team to a Final Four and to three BIG EAST Championships, while leading his players to successes both on the basketball floor and off of it.

While we all recognize John's tremendous achievements as head coach at Georgetown, what I value equally about him are his high level of character and the integrity with which he guided our program.



Our focus now remains on supporting the student-athletes in our men's basketball program as we begin the process to identify a new coach who will lead us forward.

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