Josh Thompson
Josh Thompson
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 423-652-4770
Year: 8th Year

Year-By-Year Coaching Records

Thompson joined the Tornado staff prior to the 2011-12 season and turned around the program from five wins his first year to 14 in his second season. King has reached the Conference Carolinas Women's Basketball Championship game each of the last three years, winning their first title in 2016-17. That season also marked King's first NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship berth.

Athlete Honors

  • 1 Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • 1 Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year
  • 1 Conference Carolinas Muphy
  • 7 All-Conference Carolinas selections
  • 31 Academic All-Conference Carolinas honorees

King Highlights

  • 2016-17 Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year
  • 100th win at King came in the 2016-17 Conference Carolinas championship game win over Limestone

2017-18: King reached the Conference Carolinas Women's Basketball Championship title game for the third straight year, but fell at third seed Barton College. The Tornado posted an overall record of 17-13 while going 12-8 in league play to finish fourth in the Conference Carolinas standings. Kori West was selected second team All-Conference Carolinas.

2016-17: Thompson helped the Tornado set new standards for the women's basketball program, winning 25 games, the most King has won since becoming NCAA members. The Tornado went 19-3 in Conference Carolinas play, finishing second in the league standings and Thompson was named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year. King advanced to the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game for the second straight year, and this time King came away with a 78-77 win at No. 22 Limestone to earn their first NCAA Tournament berth. However, the Tornado fell to No. 21 Wingate in the first round, ending their season with a record of 25-7. With the conference tournament win, Thompson earned his 100th win at the helm of the Tornado. Whitney Mitchell was selected first team all-conference and Jalan Harper garnered third team recognition.

2015-16: King nearly reached the 20-win mark for the second straight season, finishing 2015-16 with a record of 19-12. In Conference Carolinas play, the Tornado posted a record of 16-6 and earned the third seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament. Thompson guided the Tornado to a pair of wins in the Conference Carolinas Tournament, giving King their first appearance in the conference tournament championship game. In the title game, King squared off with league champion and second-ranked Limestone. Playing on the road, King held a lead late, but the undefeated Saints came back to defeat the Tornado 56-53. Jalan Harper was named Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year while Amy Van Deventer and Whitney Mitchell both earned all-conference accolades.

2014-15: Under Thompson's tutelage, the Tornado won nine straight contests in the middle of the season and finished second in the Conference Carolinas standings behind Limestone who advanced all the way to the NCAA Tournament Final Four. King posted a league mark of 15-7 earning the second seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament and ended the year with a 20-9 overall record after falling in the conference tournament quarterfinals to Mount Olive. The Tornado only allowed two teams to score more than 70 points in their defense and King led all of NCAA Division II in personal fouls per game, only committing 12.6 per contest. That marked King's first 20-win season as NCAA Division II members and first since 2007-08.

2013-14: King improved their win total from the previous year again, racking up 17 wins. The Tornado went 17-11 overall while going 10-8 in league play to earn the fourth seed for the Conference Carolinas Tournament. King defeated Lees-McRae College 46-37 in the quarterfinals to earn their first-ever Conference Carolinas Tournament victory. However, in the semifinals, King fell to top seed Limestone College who won the conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.

2012-13: After winning just five games in 2011-12, Thompson led the Tornado to a 14-13 overall record and a Conference Carolinas Tournament berth with a league mark of 10-12. However, King dropped their first game of the conference tournament to home standing and regular season champion Limestone College by a narrow 67-61 margin. The Tornado won the Conference Carolinas Team Sportsmanship award for women's basketball and had five student-athletes earned Academic All-Conference Carolinas.

2011-12: In his first season with King, Thompson spent the year implementing a brand new offensive and defensive system that progressively improved by year’s end. The Tornado defense showed dramatic improvement through the months of January and February, limiting its opponents to 60 points or fewer in seven of their last 12 games. Under Thompson, six members of the team were named to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team, contributing to King’s conference-leading 190 honorees.

In July 2012, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) recognized the Tornado as having the second-highest team grade point average among NCAA Division II schools with a 3.692. That mark ranked the team third overall among all collegiate athletic divisions including NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, and NJCAA institutions.

Prior to King

Thompson came to King University from Nyack College (N.Y.) where he served as head coach for their women's program from 2002-2010 and took the Warriors to new heights at the Division II level.

While at Nyack, Thompson led the women's basketball program through the school's transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. He took over as the head coach of the Warriors prior to the 2002-03 season and from 2003-10 began a stretch where his teams won more games than their previous year.

In 2009, Nyack claimed the NCCAA East Region Championship and Thompson earned NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year honors. The following year the Warriors finished a program-best 21-12, their first 20-win season in its history. Thompson's squad won both the regular season and conference championships with a school record 21 wins, earning the program their first-ever berth to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Following the program’s best season to date in 2010, Thompson was voted Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Coach of the Year.

For a five-year stretch from 2003-07, his teams received the CACC Team Sportsmanship Award. 


He played for the Nyack men's basketball team, serving a key role as starting point guard and co-captain of the 1999-2000 team that won the CACC Tournament and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament. That year he led the league in assists and was also named MVP of the CACC Tournament. Thompson received his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in youth ministry and psychology from Nyack in 2000.