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Wochit | Greg Tufaro

Mike Thompson, a St. Joseph (Met.) graduate who beforehand served as an assistant basketball coach at the highschool, was launched as the brand new head coach at his alma mater on Thursday throughout a workforce assembly.

Thompson succeeds New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Affiliation Corridor of Fame mentor Dave Turco, who compiled a 448-121 profession document throughout 21 years at three Higher Middlesex Convention faculties, the final 12 of which he spent creating St. Joseph right into a perennial state energy.

Turco, who guided St. Joseph to its solely Event of Champions title in class historical past, teaching a 2013-14 squad that featured future first-spherical NBA Draft picks Karl-Anthony Cities and Wade Baldwin, couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.
Faculty officers, citing their follow of not discussing personnel issues in public, declined to touch upon Turco’s standing however expressed their honest appreciation for his service to the highschool.

Thompson represents the third vital athletics division rent at St. Joseph up to now 5 months, throughout which Mike Murray succeeded Jerry Smith as athletics director and Wealthy Hilliard succeeded Casey Ransone as head soccer coach.

Thompson involves St. Joseph with the strongest of potential endorsements, one from legendary coach Bob Hurley, who developed now-defunct St. Anthony right into a perennial energy.

“He will go in there with a ardour,” Hurley stated. “I feel he matches in very properly at that faculty. He’ll hold the basketball at a degree the place youngsters are going to need to go there for an schooling and in addition the chance to play basketball. I feel he’s a superb selection.”

Thompson stated Hurley and former East Brunswick head coach Bo Henning, a member of the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Affiliation Corridor of Fame, have provided to make themselves out there to help Thompson throughout his transition.

As a star participant on the 1981-eighty two St. Joseph squad that misplaced within the Middlesex County Event remaining to rival St. Thomas Aquinas (now Bishop Ahr), Thompson was the lone Falcon named that yr to the All-Event group. He was a two-time workforce captain.

Thompson served as an assistant coach at St. Joseph from 1996-ninety nine. He left the scholastic teaching ranks to develop his own residence workforce after his spouse of 26 years, Nina, gave start to quadruplets, all of whom at the moment are in school. 

Thompson spent 9 seasons (1988-ninety six) as an AAU head coach, profitable 5 state titles. He’s at present a recreation director on the St. Francis Group Middle in Lengthy Department, the place he has been employed for greater than a decade. Thompson has just lately taught educational courses to youth gamers and served as commissioner of a co-ed youth basketball league with greater than one hundred thirty members. Thompson has…