Mark Thompson Named Director Of Basketball Operations
June 8, 2007
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- East Carolina Head Basketball Coach Ricky Stokes announced the hiring of Mark Thompson as the Director of Basketball Operations on Friday. Thompson fills the position vacated by Jeremy Shyatt, who resigned earlier this spring to pursue other opportunities.
"Mark and I worked together at the University of South Carolina for one successful season and I'm thrilled to add him to our staff," Stokes said. "As a former player, it's a natural transition for him to move into coaching. With his background, work ethic and knowledge I know he'll be a great addition to the Pirate family."
As the Pirates' director of basketball operations, Thompson's responsibilities include handling the program's daily operations, coordinating its travel itineraries, assisting with scouting videos and overseeing the team's student managers. He will also oversee the overall operation of ECU's summer boy's basketball camps.
"I am ecstatic to be reunited with coach Stokes at ECU," Thompson said. I believe in this University, the coaching staff and these young men," said Thompson. "I'm looking forward to getting involved in the beautiful Greenville community as well."
Thompson's collegiate background includes a one-year stint as a graduate assistant at South Carolina where he served as an academic liaison between the men's basketball coaches and the university's academic staff. Some of his other responsibilities included producing scouting videos on opponents and overseeing off-season strength and conditioning workouts.
Originally from Nashville, Tenn., Thompson was two-year letterman at Stetson University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business management in 2002 and was named the 2002 FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Central Florida Student-Athlete of the Year. Thompson earned his MBA in finance from Rollins (Fla.) College in 2005.