Thompson, affectionately known as "Big John," was the first Black head coach to win an NCAA title in 1984. News of his passing was shared by his family in a statement released by Georgetown. We are heartbroken to share the news of the passing of our father, John Thompson, Jr. , John Thompson Jr.'s family, via statement. Our father was an inspiration to many and devoted his life to developing young people not simply on, but most importantly, off the basketball court. , John Thompson Jr.'s family, via statement. He is revered as a historic shepherd of the sport, dedicated to the welfare of his community above all else, John Thompson Jr.'s family, via statement. We know that he will be deeply missed by many and our family appreciates your condolences and prayers. But don't worry about him, because as he always liked to say, 'Big Ace is cool.', John Thompson Jr.'s family, via statement. Thompson also led Georgetown to win seven Big East titles and ushered the 1988 U.S. national team to win a bronze medal at the Olympics. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. His legacy also includes finding and shaping four legendary players: Allen Iverson, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Patrick Ewing. Iverson took to Twitter Monday to say farewell to his beloved coach.