John Thompson Jr. Ranked As 3rd Best Coach In Big East Men's Basketball History

John Thompson discussing events with some guy in a green sweater. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Slow Tuesday in HoyaWood today, but this piece from the Marquette Tribune which ranks the top five Big East men's basketball coaches of all time is a nice read with your morning cup of joe and fattening carbohydrates.

#3 John Thompson Jr., Georgetown

Thompson took over the Hoyas in 1972 and became the first African American head coach to win a major collegiate championship when his team won the NCAA title in 1984, beating Houston 84-75.

Thompson retired in 1999 with 596 wins and was inducted into the Hall of Fame that same year. His teams made three Final Four appearances and won five Big East regular season and tournament titles.

Thompson was named Big East coach of the year three times and had 26 of his players drafted in the NBA.

After Georgetown joined the Big East in 1979 as one of its founding members, Thompson led the Hoyas to either the NCAA or NIT Tournament every year until he resigned in 1999.

The Hoyas made 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1979-1992 under Thompson.

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