Brooks Thompson

Brooks Thompson (1970-2016)

Teams coached: UTSA Roadrunners
UTSA record: 133-178 (.428)
Overall record^: 133-178 (.428)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (2011)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Southland Tournament Champion:  1  (2011)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2006-2016 UTSA
2004-2006 Arizona State (asst)
2002-2004 Yavapai CC
2001-2002 Oklahoma State (asst)
2000-2001 Southeastern Louisiana (asst)
1998-1999 Oklahoma State (asst)

Brooks Thompson Facts

  • Brooks James Thompson
  • Born July 19, 1970
  • Died June 9, 2016
  • Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
  • Alma Mater: Oklahoma State University (BA, 1994)
  • Played two years at Texas A&M, one each under head coaches Shelby Metcalf and Kermit Davis
  • Transferred to Oklahoma State in 1991 where he finished his career playing for HOF coach Eddie Sutton
    • Named First-Team All-Big Eight in 1994 and was drafted in the first round (27th) overall by the Orlando Magic
    • Played four seasons in the NBA, spending time in Orlando, Utah, Denver, Phoenix and New York
    • Head coaches he played for include Brian Hill, Dick Motta, Danny Ainge and Jeff Van Gundy
  • Started his coaching career in 1998, spending the season as an assistant under Sutton at his alma mater
  • Was the head coach at Metro Christian Academy, a K-12 school in Madison, TN, for one season (1999-2000)
  • Spent one season on Billy Kennedy‘s staff at Southeastern Louisiana and then one more with Sutton at OK State
  • Hired in 2002 to be the head coach at Yavapai CC in Arizona; went 59-17 in two seasons at the helm
    • Won the Arizona CC Athletic Conference and reached the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in both seasons
  • Stayed in the Copper State, spending two years as an assistant at Arizona State under Rob Evans
  • Hired in 2006 to be the head coach at UTSA, a position he held for the next ten seasons
  • Just a month after his firing, Thompson was diagnosed with double organ failure; he was diagnosed with a blood infection in May 2016 and then in June, passed away at the age of 45
    • Survived by his wife, Michelle, and their three daughters

Brooks Thompson Coaching Tree

  • Gus Argenal (Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State East Bay)
  • Jay Spoonhour (Eastern Illinois)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only