Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson (1932-2010)

Teams coached: Wichita State Shockers
Wichita State record: 93-94 (.497)
Overall record: 93-94 (.497)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1965)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1965)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  1  (1965)
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • Missouri Valley Regular Season Champion:  1  (1965)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1964-1971 Wichita State
1957-1964 Wichita State (asst)

Gary Thompson Facts

  • Gary Thompson
  • Born 1932
  • Died November 12, 2010
  • Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
  • Alma Mater: Wichita University (BA, 1954)
  • Attended Wichita East HS (KS), went on to play at Wichita for Hall of Fame head coach Ralph Miller
  • Joined Miller’s coaching staff at his alma mater in 1957, serving as his assistant for seven seasons
    • During that time, the Shockers went to two NITs and one NCAA Tournament
  • Took over as head coach at Wichita State in 1964 when Miller left for Iowa
    • Won the Missouri Valley title in his first year (the second-straight for the program) and led the Shockers all the way to the 1965 NCAA Final Four
    • After a couple more winning seasons, Thompson’s teams were sub-.500 for four straight seasons
    • Resigned in 1971 with an overall record of 93-94 (49-45 in MVC play)
  • After coaching, Thompson moved into the private sector and became a Pizza Hut franchisee in California
  • Passed away in Wichita at age 78 due to complications from a heart attack
    • Survived by his wife, Betty, sons Paul and Cory and daughter Laurel

Gary Thompson Coaching Tree

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