Josh Thompson begins his third season as the head coach for the Tornado women's basketball team. Thompson came to King University from Nyack College (N.Y.) where he served as head coach for their women's program from 2002-2010 and took the Warriors to new heights at the Division II level.
After winning just five games in 2011-12, Thompson led the Tornado to a 14-13 overall record and a Conference Carolinas Tournament berth with a league mark of 10-12. However, King dropped their first game of the conference tournament to home standing and regular season champion Limestone College by a narrow 67-61 margin. The Tornado won the Conference Carolinas Team Sportsmanship award for women's basketball and had five student-athletes earend Academic All-Conference Carolinas.
In his first season with King, Thompson spent the year implementing a brand new offensive and defensive system that progressively improved by year’s end. The Tornado defense show dramatic improvement through the months of January and February, limiting its opponents to 60 points or fewer in seven of their last 12 games. Under Thompson, six members of the team were named to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team, contributing to King’s conference-leading 190 honorees.
In July 2012, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) recognized the Lady Tornado as having the second-highest team grade point average among NCAA Division II schools with a 3.692. That mark ranked the team third overall among all collegiate athletic divisions including NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, and NJCAA institutions.
While at Nyack, Thompson led the women's basketball program through the school's transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. He took over as the head coach of the Warriors prior to the 2002-03 season and from 2003-10 began a stretch where his teams won more games than their previous year.
In 2009, Nyack claimed the NCCAA East Region Championship and Thompson earned NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year honors. The following year the Warriors finished a program-best 21-12, their first 20-win season in its history. Thompson's squad won both the regular season and conference championships with a school record 21 wins, earning the program their first-ever berth to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Following the program’s best season to date in 2010, Thompson was voted Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Coach of the Year.
For a five-year stretch from 2003-2007, his teams received the CACC Team Sportsmanship Award.
He played for the Nyack men's basketball team, serving a key role as starting point guard and co-captain of the 1999-2000 team that won the CACC Tournament and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament. That year he led the league in assists and was also named MVP of the CACC Tournament. Thompson received his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in youth ministry and psychology from Nyack in 2000.
Following a system known all too well during her playing days, Shelly Yount joined her former head coach at King University as the women’s basketball assistant coach in August 2011. She enters her third season with the Tornado as the top assistant under Head Coach Josh Thompson.
In 2012-13, Yount helped lead the Tornado to a 14-13 record, and qualify for their first Conference Carolinas Tournament with a 10-12 league mark. Defensively, King ranked in the leagues top-5 in four categories, blocks per game (3rd), points allowed per game (4th) opponent's field goal percentage (3rd) and opponent's three-point field goal percentage (5th). King also won the Conference Carolinas Team Sportsmanship award, and five student-athletes earned Academic All-Conference Carolinas honors.
With the help of her defensive knowledge, Yount helped the Lady Tornado defense improve dramatically in the last two months of the 2011-12 season. In the team’s last 12 games, King limited its opponents to 60 points or fewer in seven of their last 12 games. She also saw six members of the team named to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team, contributing to King’s conference-leading 190 honorees, and saw the team achieve the third-highest team grade point average among all NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, and NJCCA institutions.
Yount came to King College after spending a year as a graduate assistant coach for Nyack College (Nyack, NY) in 2010-11. Prior to coaching at Nyack she was a center for the Warriors from 2005-10 that showed great skill in the post as a defender and shooter. She was a four-year starter at the center position and a three-year captain under Thompson.
Yount finished her career with 1,103 points ranking her eighth in Nyack women’s basketball history. She accumulated over 816 rebounds and 195 blocks during her career. She led the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) in blocked shots during her sophomore and seniors seasons and finished second in the conference during her junior year. In her junior season she helped the Lady Warriors win the NCCAA East Region Championship, which earned them a birth in the NCCAA national tournament.
During her senior year she led Nyack to a CACC regular season and conference tournament championship and was named to the all-tournament team for performance. Yount also helped the Warriors to their first ever birth to the NCAA national tournament after the school transitioned to NCAA Division II.
Yount was a two-time team Defensive Player of the Year (2007, 2008) complementing her offensive impact. In addition she earned the Iron Woman Award and Comeback Player of the Year following the 2007 season. Under Thompson, Yount served as team captain for three seasons from 2007-09.
The Belvidere, N.J., native also took to courts outside of Nyack when she played in Columbia, South America for Athletes in Action during the summer of 2008.
Yount graduated from Nyack with a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry with a concentration in counseling in 2009 and returned for a Master of Arts in intercultural studies, which she finished in 2011.
Thompson on Yount
“Shelly brings a wealth of knowledge and character to our coaching staff. She is a great leader and an extremely hard worker. I know that she will help us reach our goals as we look to build a championship program here at King University.”