Legendary Georgetown Coach John Thompson, the first African-American coach to win the NCAA championship, has died, according to his family and friends. He was 78.
The news was initially reported by DC Radio station, The Team 980 & 95.9FM. There is no word on a cause yet.
Thompson became the first Black head coach to win the NCAA National Championship when Georgetown beat the University of Houston Cougars in the 1984 NCAA National Championship game.
The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Big East Coach of the Year retired from coaching in 1999 and had recently retired in May from the Nike Board of Directors.
Thompson has an autobiography set to be released in January.