Ben Thompson is entering his first year at head men's basketball coach at Emory & Henry College. Thompson was formally introduced by Director of Athletics Anne Crutchfield at a press conference at Bob Johnson Court inside the John Rutledge King Center on Monday, April 29. A native of Southwest Virginia, Thompson joins the staff at Emory & Henry after spending the past three seasons as the head men's basketball coach at SUNY Canton.
He guided the Roos to a 20-win season in his first season en route to leading the team to its first Eastern College Athletic Conference playoff win in school history and the inaugural American Collegiate Athletic Association Conference Championship.
Before SUNY Canton, Thompson helped guide NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial University to the national championship game during the 2015-16 season. Thompson has previous coaching experience at Virginia Tech, Virginia Military Institute, and UNC Greensboro as well as Division II UNC Pembroke and Saint Leo University.
In the summer of 2018, Thompson led the USA D-III men's basketball national team on a tour of Brazil. The team finished the trip a perfect 5-0 with wins over Brazilian teams Jundiai, Santa Andre, LSB All-Star (G-League), Fluminese and Botafogo.
This past season, SUNY Canton finished as the Division III leader in blocks per game at 6.4. Across all NCAA divisions, this total was second only to Duke University.
Thompson graduated from St. Paul High School where he played for his father Rick who won the 1991 VHSL State Championship. He is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
A 2006 graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies, Thompson completed his Master of Science in physical education with an emphasis in sports promotion in 2007.
Thompson is engaged to Tiffany Brown of Wilmington, North Carolina. The two will be married this summer.