Following In His Father's Footsteps

By Josh Herwitt - September 27, 2007

As a young boy, John Thompson III grew up watching his father take over a Georgetown program and eventually propel the Hoyas into the national spotlight.

Now the former Princeton coach is beginning to follow in his father's footsteps at the Washington, D.C. school, and it doesn't look like that will be changing any time soon.

Thompson agreed Thursday to a six-year contract extension that will keep him at Georgetown through the 2013 season.

"I'm extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to do something that I love to do at a place where I love to do it," he said.

In Thompson's three years of work, the Hoyas are 72-30 after finishing last season at 30-7 and winning both the Big East regular season and tournament titles. And that's after inheriting a team that was 13-15 the year before he arrived.

But even more, Thompson helped Georgetown reach the Final Four for the first time in over 20 years, when his father took the Hoyas to the national semifinals in 1985.

And if all goes according to plan, that's a place where Thompson and the Hoyas, led by center Roy Hibbert, could find themselves by mid-March next year.

"This contract extension means he can continue to build upon the program's tradition of success for many years to come," Georgetown president Jack DeGioia said.

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 03:48 PM on September 27, 2007

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