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About the Author
John Thompson was the head basketball coach at Georgetown University from 1972 to 1999, where he won the NCAA championship in 1984. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. He graduated from Providence College and held a master's degree in guidance and counseling from the University of the District of Columbia. He completed I Came As a Shadow shortly before his death in the summer of 2020.Jesse Washington is a senior writer for ESPN's The Undefeated.
"Plainspoken and profound ... an unusually good sports memoir ... a consequential book."
--The New York Times
--ESPN's The Undefeated Every chapter will bring back a lot of great basketball memories from Thompson's coaching days along with his playing career, his family ties, the people who inspired him and others. Washington pens a brilliant note as the co-author.
--Philadelphia Tribune A readable sports memoir; more importantly, a strong contribution to the ongoing discussion on race and racism.
--Kirkus "Coach Thompson changed my life, not through basketball but with his teachings on education and manhood. He also changed our country and the way America sees itself. He was a great coach but an even better person, and his life story has lessons for us all."
--Patrick Ewing "Coach Thompson was bigger than the game of basketball. He used his position as a leader and one of the greats of coaching to stand up for what he knew was right. I had great respect for him, as a coach and as a man. He was one of a kind and his impact will be felt for years to come."
--Michael Jordan "I knew John Thompson for forty years. I loved the man. He was not only a great basketball coach, but an outstanding member of Nike's Board of Directors for thirty years. His contributions came not just from his sports knowledge but more importantly from his overall wisdom. His passing leaves a large void in the life of Nike and me."
--Phil Knight "I Came As a Shadow is pure John Thompson--direct, honest, and uncompromising. It's the story of how his large life unfolded amidst our nation's ongoing struggle to deal honestly with race. John saw himself first and foremost as a teacher. The lessons he leaves behind with this, his final gift to us, are more important than ever."
--President Bill Clinton "No one had a larger impact on college basketball. John built a program at Georgetown that was second to none. He was an incredibly strong person who always put his players first and fought for them at every turn. Repeatedly, I was amazed at his passion for doing what is right, even when unpopular and no one was looking.... John was a one-of-a-kind leader and an absolute treasure."
--Mike Krzyzewski "One of the truly remarkable, complex, brilliant, committed, courageous, fascinating men ever."
--Michael Wilbon "Thanks for saving my life, Coach."