Former Southland Conference Basketball Coach Passes Away at 45
A basketball coach that made several visits to the William R Johnson Coliseum to face the Lumberjacks has passed away. Former Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) head coach Brooks Thompson has passed away at the age of 45.
According to reports, Thompson had entered the hospital in April with double organ failure. He had been in and out of the hospital over the past two months, but returned to the hospital recently with a blood infection.
Brooks Thompson was an outstanding guard at Oklahoma State. He was drafted by the NBA's Orlando Magic. Thompson played 4 seasons in the NBA before returning to Oklahoma State as an assistant coach. He was head coach at UTSA for 10 seasons before being relieved of duties following this past season.
Stephen F. Austin basketball has only had two home conference losses in the past 5 seasons, both of those occurred in the 2011-2012 season, and the UTSA Roadrunners, led by Brooks Thompson, gave SFA one of those home setbacks. UTSA left the Southland Conference following the 2011-2012 season.
Thompson is survived by his wife, Michelle, and 3 daughters, Ryan Michelle, Brooke and Addison.