Coach John Thompson, who led the Georgetown University Hoyas basketball team to victory at the 1984 national championship, has died aged 78.

Thompson, who was the first black coach to win the title, is credited with boosting minority representation in college basketball during the 1980s.

He recruited more than 20 players who went on to join the NBA and four who – like him – are in the Hall of Fame.

His team included New York Knicks centre Patrick Ewing.

Thompson was also known for protesting against racial injustice as a coach.

Known to fans and players as Big John, Thompson was raised in Washington DC and played professionally for the Boston Celtics when the team won the championship in 1965 and 1966.

He coached Georgetown for 27 seasons, and in 1988 led the US Olympic basketball team to a bronze medal.

-BBC

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