Robert Thompson begins his fifth season as head coach of the Warrior basketball team. He also is serving as the head coach for the Lady Warriors during the 2017-18 season.
Thompson's 2016-17 team advanced to both the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges State Tournament and the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Tournament, losing both times to defending NJCAA Region 23 Champion Northeast Mississippi Community College. ECCC finished the season 14-11 overall.
His Warriors ended the 2015-16 season with an overall 13-10 record and 8-6 in the MACJC South Division. East Central missed out on the state playoffs in the last game of the regular season.
The East Central men completed the 2014-15 season with an overall 14-12 record and finished 8-6 in the MACJC South Division. They advanced to both the state and region tournaments.
His 2013-14 Warriors finished 9-14 overall and 4-10 in the MACJC South Division.
Thompson’s overall record at East Central is 50-47. Under his tutelage, seven Warriors have gone on to play basketball at NCAA Division I schools, one at NCAA Division II, and six at NAIA programs.
He spent the previous 10 years as head coach at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., where his teams accumulated an overall 142-156 mark.
He led Spring Hill to four winning seasons and two campaigns in which the squad finished with a .500 record. His best season was in 2005-06 season when the Badgers went 23-7 and finished second in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and made a Sweet 16 appearance in the NAIA National Tournament. Thompson was named Conference Coach of the Year in recognition of the successful campaign.
Thompson has also had stints at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Delta State University, Belhaven College and Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kan.
A native of Tupelo, Thompson was a standout basketball player at Shannon High School and continued his athletic career at Belhaven College, where the four-year letter-winner served as team captain from 1989-92. He was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Student Government Association Executive Council. He was elected a Senior Senator in 1991.
He received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Belhaven College in 1992 and completed a master’s degree in physical education from Jackson State University in 1997.
Thompson is married to the former Freda Rowe of Louisville. They have two sons, Joshua, 17; and Justin, 13.