Sept. 10, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Men's Basketball Coach John Thompson III has been elected to the board of directors of the National Association Basketball Coaches (NABC), it was announced today.
Thompson fills the position vacated when Brad Stevens left Butler University to become the head coach of the NBA's Boston Celtics.
Under Thompson's guidance, Georgetown has been among the top programs in the country, reaching the NCAA Tournament in seven of his nine seasons at the Hilltop.
In nine seasons as the head coach, Thompson has guided Georgetown to an overall record of 209-89 (.701 winning percentage), including a 99-57 record in the BIG EAST. The Hoyas won the 2012-13 BIG EAST Regular Season title, the third time the program has captured the league's regular season crown under Thompson.
Georgetown posted a 30-7 record during the 2006-07 season, winning the BIG EAST Regular Season and Tournament titles, as well as the NCAA East Regional and advancing to the NCAA Final Four for the first time since 1985. In 2007-08, the Hoyas again won the BIG EAST Regular Season title again and posted a two-year conference record of 28-6.
In 13 years as a head coach, Thompson has an all-time record of 277-132 (.677), including a 68-42 record (45-11 mark in Ivy League play) at Princeton, where he guided the Tigers to two NCAA Tournaments and one National Invitation Tournament (NIT) appearance.
Thompson-led teams have played in the postseason 12 times in his 13 years as a collegiate head coach, including nine NCAA Tournament appearances. He has guided five teams to regular season championships in that span.
Thompson III is the son of Hall of Fame coach John Thompson, Jr., the head coach at Georgetown for 27 seasons. The elder Thompson, a three-time national coach of the year, led the Hoyas to the 1984 NCAA championship and was the NABC president in 1986.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.
The Hoyas open the 2013-14 season by competing against Oregon in the Armed Forces Classic at Camp Humphreys - a United States Army Base - in South Korea on Friday, Nov. 8 (ESPN, 8 p.m.).
Georgetown finished the 2012-13 season with a 25-7 record and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas won a share of the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship and were the No. 1 seed in the tournament after posting a 14-4 record in league play. The Hoyas were ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches' poll and closed out the regular season with 12 wins in 13 games.