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Saint Joseph Aerial Academy is resurrecting its Athletics Hall of Fame afterward a 17-year aperture Greg Tufaro, @GregTufaro
Mike Thompson, a above basketball brilliant and varsity abettor at St. Joseph Aerial School, who alternate to his alma academy as arch drillmaster during a cardinal aeon for the program, will not acknowledgment for a third division at the helm.
St. Joseph is accepted to advertise a almsman in the abreast approaching for Thompson, who led the Falcons to afterwards Greater Middlesex Conference Clash championships and a 42-14 almanac (.750 acceptable percentage) during his two seasons as arch coach.
“Beginning as a amateur at Saint Joe’s, area Drillmaster Thompson, a 1982 graduate, starred, continuing as an abettor drillmaster beneath Drillmaster Mark Taylor, and culminating with coach’s acknowledged alteration of our affairs as arch coach, Drillmaster Thompson has bled Falcon blooming and fabricated amazing sacrifices to our program,” the academy said in a columnist release.
“Our program’s players, families, alumni, and administering abide to be beholden for his administration over the accomplished two years. Mike Thompson’s adherence and account to this affairs as a player, abettor coach, and arch drillmaster actualize his professionalism. As a Saint Joseph community, we would like to acknowledge Mike for aggregate he did for our program, our boys, and Saint Joe’s. Mike epitomizes the ‘Saint Joe’s Man.’”
During his aboriginal division at St. Joseph, Thompson, who affiliated a band with aloof one senior, guided the Falcons to a 23-5 mark and a anchorage in the Non-Public A South final, area they absent 44-39 to Camden Catholic.
Last year, St. Joseph, which alone six of its aboriginal 11 games, rebounded to win 14 of its abutting 16 afore falling to St. Augustine in the exclusive quarterfinals.
Thompson succeeded New Jersey Bookish Coaches Association Hall of Fame drillmaster Dave Turco, who aggregate a 448-121 career almanac during 21 years at three GMC schools, the aftermost 12 of which he spent developing St. Joseph into a abiding accompaniment power.
Under Thompson, St. Joseph, which has won 10 of the aftermost 11 alliance clash crowns, continued its band of afterwards GMCT titles to three.
“(Thompson) stepped up and led our basketball affairs through a analytical time in its history and an important time for our program,” St. Joseph declared in its columnist release.
Thompson was assassin at St. Joseph in backward September 2017, beneath than two months afore the alpha of the 2017-18 campaign.
He accustomed at the Metuchen-based academy with the arch of accessible endorsements, one from Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame drillmaster Bob Hurley, who developed now-defunct St. Anthony into a civic power.
“He’s activity to go in there with a passion,” Hurley said at the time of Thompson’s hiring. “I anticipate he fits in actual able-bodied at that school. He’ll accumulate the basketball at a akin area kids are activity to appetite to go there for an apprenticeship and additionally the befalling to comedy basketball. I anticipate he’s an accomplished choice.”
Thompson served as an abettor drillmaster at St. Joseph from 1996-99 beneath Taylor, who is a affiliate of the aerial school’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Thompson larboard the bookish apprenticeship ranks to advance his own home aggregation afterwards his wife of 28 years, Nina, gave bearing to quadruplets, all of whom are now in college.
While confined as St. Joseph’s arch coach, Thompson formed as a amusement administrator at the St. Francis Association Center in Long Branch, a column he afresh larboard afterwards captivation it for added than a decade to become Wall Township’s amusement affairs coordinator.
As a brilliant amateur on the 1981-82 St. Joseph band that absent in the Middlesex County Clash final to battling St. Thomas Aquinas, Thompson was the abandoned Falcon called that year to the All-Tournament team. He was a backstab aggregation captain.
During Thompson’s administration as an abettor at St. Joseph, Jay Williams, who went on to become a Civic Academy Amateur of the Year at Duke University afore actuality called as the No. 2 all-embracing NBA aces of the Chicago Bulls, put the Falcons on the statewide map.
Reacting to Thompson’s hiring in September 2017, Williams tweeted: “Beyond a vote of confidence. MT afflicted my activity man. He laid the foundation of the mentality it takes to barrier people. Love that guy.”
Williams was the aboriginal St. Joseph alum to comedy in the NBA back 1977 alum Gary Witts went on to comedy with the Washington Bullets. The Falcons did not benedict addition NBA amateur until 2005 alum Andrew Bynum went on to comedy for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Turco, who guided St. Joseph to its alone Clash of Champions appellation in academy history, accomplished a 2013-14 band that featured approaching first-round NBA Draft picks Karl-Anthony Towns and Wade Baldwin.
Thompson spent nine seasons (1988-96) as an AAU arch coach, acceptable bristles accompaniment titles. He ahead accomplished advisory classes to adolescence players and served as abettor of a co-ed adolescence basketball alliance with added than 130 participants.
Thompson has additionally served as a advance abettor for the St. Dominic Academy boys basketball aggregation in his built-in Brick Township.
Thompson’s almsman will accede a aggregation that accelerating bristles seniors including Home Account Tribune first-team All-Area alternative Luke Fresco, who was St. Joseph’s arch scorer a year ago, and All-GMC coaches’ alternative Howard McBurnie.
St. Joseph’s top abiding players are swingman Tyree Ford and bouncer K-Shawn Schulters.
James Corrigan, a approved contributor and annual anchorperson for GMC Hoops, appear the account of Thompson not abiding to the sidelines on Saturday night.
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