Josh Thompson has been named head coach for the Lady Tornado basketball team. Thompson comes to King College from Nyack College in New York where he served as head coach for their women's program from 2002-2010.
"As head coach at Nyack, Josh has a remarkable record of success," said David Hicks, athletic director for King College. "Josh progressively established the women's program from the team's first-ever NCAA Division II win in 2004 to a 21-win season and conference championship in 2010. We are delighted to have him on board."
While at Nyack, Thompson led the women's basketball program through the school's transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. From 2003-2007, their team received the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Team Sportsmanship Award. In 2009, Nyack claimed the NCCAA East Region Championship, and Thompson earned NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year honors.
Thompson's squad won both the regular season and conference championships for the CACC with a school record 21 wins, earning the program the college's first-ever berth to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Thompson's peers in the CACC voted him Coach of the Year for the 2010 season.
"I'm looking forward to leading the King's women's basketball program," said Thompson. "My family and I are excited about moving to Northeast Tennessee and about being a part of the King College community."
Thompson received his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in youth ministry and psychology from Nyack College in 2000. There he played for the school's men's basketball team, serving a key role as starting point guard and co-captain of their 2000 team that won the CACC tournament then went on to the NAIA nationals. In the 1999-2000 season he led the CACC in assists and was also named MVP of the CACC tournament.
"As a coach, my philosophy puts a priority on serving Christ, serving others, and serving the community," said Thompson. "On the basketball court our priority will be to work hard on defense, understand the importance of rebounding, and play unselfishly on the offensive end. There is a solid foundation from which to build. I want us to compete and have a chance to win every time we step on the floor."