Hobart College Interim Director of Athletics Brian Miller named Stefan Thompson ’13 the head coach of the Statesmen basketball program. He will be the 20th man to lead the program since its inception in 1901.
“I have always respected and admired Stef’s ability as a leader,” Miller said. “I witnessed it first-hand throughout his outstanding career as a Hobart student-athlete, and later when he returned as an assistant coach. As we progressed through our exhaustive search, it became clear that Coach Thompson’s energy, passion and vision for the future of Hobart basketball was aligned exactly with the qualities we were looking for in a head coach. His professionalism, depth of knowledge, engaging personality and love of Hobart stood out. I’m so excited to see where he can take our program.”
The first Hobart player to earn All-America honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Thompson will serve as a head coach for the first time following assistant coaching stops at Wilkes and Hobart. He takes over for Tim Sweeney who resigned last month to take the head coaching position at Connecticut College.
“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to lead the Hobart basketball program,” Thompson said. “I’m thankful for Coach Sweeney bringing me back to Hobart as an assistant coach. I’m also grateful for everything Izzi Metz and Mike Neer taught me as both a coach and player.”
Over the past two seasons with the Statesmen, Thompson helped his alma mater to an overall record of 38-16 while capturing the 2017-18 Liberty League regular season championship and playing in the 2019 Liberty League Tournament Championship game. Thompson and his co-workers were voted the 2017-18 Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year after the team posted a 21-5 record that included a program record 15-game winning streak.