Legendary U.S. college basketball coach John Thompson dead at 78: media reports

Georgetown University's head basketball coach John Thompson announces his resignation January 8, 1999. REUTERS/Files

(Reuters) - Former Georgetown coach John Thompson passed away at the age of 78, ESPN and other media outlets reported on Monday.

Johnson, also known as "Big John," was a legendary figure in U.S. college basketball and the first Black head coach to win a major collegiate championship when he led the Georgetown Hoyas to victory in the 1984 NCAA National Championship.

(Reporting by Maria Caspani, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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