John Thompson named basketball coach

John Thompson, who was raised by one Hall-of-Fame coach and played for another in college, has been named the Cappon-Green head coach of men's basketball at Princeton University.

The 34-year-old Thompson, a 1988 Princeton graduate, will replace Bill Carmody, who left to become the head coach at Northwestern.

In his five years as an assistant under Pete Carril and Carmody, Thompson helped Princeton to a record of 114-31, a Top 10 national ranking, three Ivy League championships, five consecutive postseason appearances and one of the most memorable wins in NCAA tournament history with Princeton's 43-41 victory over UCLA in 1996.

Thompson has served as the Princeton junior varsity coach for the past four years.

His father, longtime Georgetown head coach John Thompson, was inducted into the Hall of Fame this past year.

Contact: Justin Harmon (609) 258-3601