Marcus Thompson has joined the men's basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach.
Thompson comes to OLLU after the head-coaching position at Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas. He became the head coach at the junior college in 2019, and before that, he was the assistant coach there for one season. While at Coastal Bend, Thompson also was part of the faculty teaching business computer information systems, and he was an academic adviser.
At OLLU from 2010-2014, Thompson led the men's basketball team to a 2011-2012 Red River Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship, runner up at the postseason tournament and a round of 16 finish at the NAIA National Tournament. In 2010-2011, the team was postseason semifinalists; in 2012-2013, the Saints were postseason quarterfinalists; and in 2013-2014, the men finished as postseason semifinalists.
Thompson's accolades included National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court recipient, All-Conference, Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Defensive Player of the Year, three-time RRAC Scholar-Athlete. Thompson holds several records that still stand today: most games played (128), most assists (630), most steals (315), season-best assists average (7.1), season most steals (131) and season-best steals average (4.1). Thompson also owns the record for the most steals in a game at OLLU and throughout the NAIA, with 15 in a game against Paul Quinn College in 2014.
"Coach Thompson is an excellent young coach and is a product of the university and city he'll be serving," Dial said. "Our players are lucky to be around a man of his character and caliber. He will bring an extraordinary passion, work ethic and energy to our team."
Before his time at Coastal Bend, Thompson was the head coach for the UC Hoops – Adidas Gauntlet Program and head coach at Great Hearts Monte Vista. Before that, he was an accountant at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Thompson received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in May 2014 and his Master of Business Administration in Management in 2016 – both from OLLU.
He and his wife Julie – an OLLU alumna and four-year Saints' softball student-athlete –are parents to two boys.
|1||Jordan Embry||SR||F||6-7||215||Paris, Texas||Paris High School|
|2||Joseph Anderson||SR||PG||6-3||190||Houston, Texas||Yates HS/NAU/Nevada/Albany|
|3||Lennox Jones||SR||PG||6-3||200||Richmond, Texas||George Ranch High School|
|4||Estefan Trevino||JR||SG||6-0||170||San Antonio, Texas||Holmes High School|
|5||Ruben Monzon||SR||F||6-5||188||San Diego, Calif.||Goose Creek HS/Texas A&M San Antonio|
|11||Xavier Woodington||SR||G||6-3||160||Honolulu, Hawaii||Brennan High School|
|13||Tommie Law||FR||PG||6-3||180||Semmes, Ala.||Mary C. Montgomery High School|
|14||Jamal Gaines||SR||C||6-8||260||Red Oak, Texas||Universal Academy/UTRGV|
|15||Oscar Maldonado||JR||SG||6-5||195||Greeley, Colo.||Northridge HS/Lamar/NW Oklahoma|
|22||Marlon Williams||SR||G||6-2||193||Jacksonville, Fla.||United High School/UTRGV|
|23||Xavier Purnell||FR||G||6-3||195||Stafford, Va.||Brooke Point / Macduffie|
|24||Georges Darwiche||SR||PG||6-1||183||Bucharest, Romania||Gheorghe Lazar/Siena College|
|25||Jonathan Sanchez||SR||PF/C||6-7||250||McAllen, Texas||Memorial High School/Rice University|
|33||Cedric Cook||FR||PF||6-7||225||Houston, Texas||Woodlands Christian/Concordia Lutheran|
|0||Ellis Jones||JR||G||6-0||185||Houston, Texas||Langham Creek HS/Texas A&M-Kingsville|