Washington & Jefferson men’s basketball head coach Ethan Stewart-Smith has announced the hiring of Mike Thompson as the intern assistant coach on his staff.
Thompson replaces Cody Hartzler, who left to accept a full-time assistant position on the women’s basketball staff at Baldwin Wallace.
A native of Rosedale, N.Y., Thompson recently completed his four-year playing career at NCAA Division II Saint Michael’s in Colchester, Vt., where he was a three-year starter and two-year captain for the Purple Knights and head coach Josh Meyer. Over the course of his career as a forward, he appeared in 104 games, making 78 starts, while averaging 6.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per contest. He converted on nearly 48 percent (281-588) of his field-goal attempts and blocked 0.61 shot per night. SMC qualified for the Northeast-10 conference tournament in each of his final two seasons.
Prior to Saint Michael’s, Thompson played scholastically at Christ the King Regional High School, where he was a member of the New York State Federation Class AA championship team in 2010 after the squad finished 26-5. That season, Christ the King became the first school in New York State history to win both the boys and girls Federation Basketball Tournament of Champions in the same year.
He has experience working summer basketball camps at both of his alma maters, helping young boys and girls understand the importance of fundamentals and teamwork. Thompson has also played an integral role in his community, participating in the Feed the Needy Program in Queens, N.Y. and the Susan G. Komen Walk for Cancer at Central Park in Manhattan, N.Y.
A 2015 Saint Michael’s graduate with a bachelor of science in business administration, he also held a marketing internship with Peak Performance in Williston, Vt., where he helped expand the company’s brand and contact potential suppliers.