John Thompson III

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John Thompson III
JTIII campout.jpg
John Thompson III outside McDonough Gymnasium on March 26, 2007, following his return to the Georgetown University campus after defeating North Carolina to reach the 2007 Final Four.
Biographical details
Born (1966-03-11) March 11, 1966 (age 53)
Boston, Massachusetts
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995–2000Princeton (assistant)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
3 Ivy League regular season (2001, 2002, 2004)
3 Big East regular season (2007, 2008, 2013)
Big East Tournament (2007)
Big East Coach of the Year (2013)

John Robert Thompson III (born March 11, 1966) is the assistant coach for the United States men's national basketball team since 2017. He previously served as the head coach of the men's basketball team at Georgetown University. He grew up in Washington, D.C. and was named first team All-Metro by The Washington Post while playing for Gonzaga College High School in 1984. Thompson was hired on April 20, 2004 to replace Craig Esherick and was fired at the end of the 2017 season. Prior to being hired at Georgetown, Thompson was the head coach for four years at his alma mater, Princeton University.

Coaching career[edit]


Thompson is the son of John Thompson, Jr. (Georgetown's head coach from 1972 to 1999), and a 1988 graduate of Princeton.


Thompson talks with a referee in a 2006 game

Thompson immediately introduced the Princeton offense at Georgetown, a style of play that he learned from coach Pete Carril at Princeton.

Thompson's first notable win with the team took place on January 21, 2006, when unranked Georgetown upset No. 1 Duke. This was Georgetown's first win over a No. 1 ranked team in 21 years. Thompson also achieved his 100th win as a head coach a few nights later with an 85–82 win in double overtime at Notre Dame.

Thompson's 13-year tenure as head coach is the second longest in Georgetown history, and his 278 wins are also second all-time in school history–in both cases, only behind his father.

United States Men's National Team[edit]

On October 12, 2017, Thompson was named by USA Basketball as the assistant coach of the United States men's national basketball team for all FIBA World Cup qualifiers leading to the 2019 FIBA World Cup. This was his second time as an assistant coach in the National Programme; he has previously (2008) served as an assistant for the Under 18 men's team.[1]

Washington Wizards[edit]

In July 2019, Thompson joined Monumental Sports & Entertainment, owner of the NBA's Washington Wizards and WNBA's Washington Mystics, to become the lead of their newly formed athlete development and engagement department.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Princeton Tigers (Ivy League) (2000–2004)
2000–01 Princeton 16–11 11–3 1st NCAA Division I First Round
2001–02 Princeton 16–12 11–3 T–1st NIT First Round
2002–03 Princeton 16–11 10–4 3rd
2003–04 Princeton 20–8 13–1 1st NCAA Division I First Round
Princeton: 68–42 (.618) 45–11 (.804)
Georgetown Hoyas (Big East Conference) (2004–2017)
2004–05 Georgetown 19–13 8–8 T–7th NIT Quarterfinal
2005–06 Georgetown 23–10 10–6 T–4th NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2006–07 Georgetown 30–7 13–3 1st NCAA Division I Final Four
2007–08 Georgetown 28–6 15–3 1st NCAA Division I Round of 32
2008–09 Georgetown 16–15 7–11 11th NIT First Round
2009–10 Georgetown 23–11 10–8 7th NCAA Division I Round of 64
2010–11 Georgetown 21–11 10–8 8th NCAA Division I Round of 64
2011–12 Georgetown 24–9 12–6 T–4th NCAA Division I Round of 32
2012–13 Georgetown 25–7 14–4 T–1st NCAA Division I Round of 64
2013–14 Georgetown 18–15 8–10 7th NIT Second Round
2014–15 Georgetown 22–11 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Division I Round of 32
2015–16 Georgetown 15–18 7–11 8th
2016–17 Georgetown 14–18 5–13 9th
Georgetown: 278–151 (.653) 131–94 (.580)
Total: 346–193 (.641)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Thompson, John III". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  2. ^ "Trio of sports industry innovators to lead Monumental Basketball". Retrieved 15 August 2019.

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