Thompson ’13 joins Hobart coaching staff

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GENEVA, N.Y.—Hobart College basketball All-American Stefan Thompson '13 will return to his alma mater as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season, Head Coach Tim Sweeney announced today. Thompson, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Wilkes University, replaces Mark Linebaugh who joined the coaching staff at Rice University.
"We are delighted to welcome Stefan back to Hobart," Sweeney said. "His commitment to and care for the Colleges and our program is so strong, and he has worked diligently to grow as a coach. Stef will be a terrific mentor to our current and future student-athletes due to his winning track record as a player and impressive credentials now as a coach."
With the Colonels, Thompson assisted with coaching, recruiting, scouting, travel planning, and monitoring student-athlete academic progress. He helped Wilkes advance to the MAC Freedom Tournament Championship game with an upset of top-seeded DeSales in 2016. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Thompson also served as the director of intramurals at Wilkes. In 2016, he also earned a master's degree in education from Wilkes.
A native of Syracuse, Thompson graduated from Hobart in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology. The first NABC All-American in program history, he led the Statesmen to an 82-31 record over four seasons. He and his classmates were the first class of Hobart basketball players to produce four consecutive winning seasons in over 55 years and the first ever to make four consecutive postseason appearances.
The Statesmen made back-to-back ECAC Upstate Tournament appearances in 2010 and 2011, winning the regional crown on the second try. In 2012, Hobart earned its first at-large bid into the NCAA Championship field, beating Ohio Wesleyan in the first round before falling to eventual national runner-up Cabrini in overtime. A year later, Thompson and the Statesmen won the Liberty League regular season and tournament championships and returned to the NCAA tournament field.
Thompson was named to three All-America teams following the 2012-13 season, garnering a spot on the NABC second team, DIII News fifth team and honorable mention.
Thompson reached a number of milestones in his senior season. He became just the seventh Statesman to record 1,500 career points. Thompson amassed a total of 1,643 career points which put him fourth on Hobart's all-time scoring list. He also became the only Statesman to score more than 1,000 points and record more than 400 assists. Thompson ranks second on the Hobart list with 492 career assists. He was also the first member of the Hobart basketball team to play in the NABC/Reese's Division III College All-Star Game, where he posted 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.
The three-time All-Liberty League selection and 2012-13 Liberty League Player of the Year finished his final season atop the conference with 5.4 assists per game and a 2.3 assist-to-turnover. Thompson ranked fourth in scoring (15.6 ppg), free throw percentage (.841) and minutes played (34.6), fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.422) and sixth in 3-points field goals made (1.9).
Thompson earned All-East honors from the NABC and in his junior and senior seasons. As a first-year, Thompson was named the Rookie of the Year for the Liberty League as well as the East Region and the ECAC Upstate Region.
Hobart is coming off a 16-11 record in 2016-17. The Statesmen went 10-6 in the Liberty League. Hobart advanced to the Liberty League Tournament championship game with a 70-65 upset of top seeded and two-time defending champion Skidmore in the semifinals.
The Statesmen return 13 letterwinners from last season, including six that started nine or more games. Hobart will open the 2017-18 season at home on Nov. 18 against Empire 8 defending champion St. John Fisher.