Thompson Adds Son, Ronny, to Staff
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 23, 1998; Page E10
John Thompson has a picture that shows his son Ronny as a child sitting on the Georgetown bench, his legs so short they don't reach the floor. The Hoyas men's basketball coach recalled the photo yesterday after announcing that Ronny will join his staff.
"He's been coaching my team since he was little," Thompson joked. "Now, we may listen to him a bit more."
Ronny was a backup guard who averaged about eight minutes while appearing in 112 of 136 games at Georgetown. After earning his degree in 1992 he tried Wall Street for a while before realizing he wanted to remain in basketball. He worked as a restricted-earnings coach at Oregon for a year and then for two years as an assistant to current Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe at Loyola College of Baltimore. The past two years he was a scouting coordinator with the Philadelphia 76ers.
"Ronny will bring a lot of zest and enthusiasm," said Ellerbe, "an up-to-date flair to his dad's program. He will be really, really great relating to today's student-athletes."
Thompson was not specific about the nature of his son's duties, but Ronny will be added to a staff that includes assistants Mike Riley and Craig Esherick.
The Thompsons are only the latest in a long line of father-son combinations in coaching. Jay Paterno is the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator on Joe's staff at Penn State. Chuck Driesell was the top assistant to Lefty at James Madison. Dave Shula was an aide to Don with the Miami Dolphins, Wade Phillips worked for Bum with the Houston Oilers and Bob Knight recently added son Pat to his Indiana staff.
Thompson said he wanted Ronny to experience basketball at different levels and for other coaches and added: "He's paid his dues."
When Thompson offered the job, he said Ronny immediately replied: "When can I come?"
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