"The entire Duke community mourns the loss of Coach Thompson today," said Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White. "I didn't have the honor of knowing Coach Thompson very well, but I've quickly realized the tremendous impact he had on Duke University, the Duke athletic department and a countless number of student-athletes. He will be missed."
Thompson began as an assistant coach at Duke in 1978.
He was a native of New Kensington, Pa. and is survived by his two daughters, Jill and Tracie.