Ronny Thompson Hired as Ball State Basketball Coach

Joins brother John as fellow D-I head coach

April 4, 2006

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Arkansas assistant Ronny Thompson was hired as Ball State's basketball coach Tuesday, the second son of former Georgetown coach John Thompson to run a Division I team.

Thompson replaces Tim Buckley, who was fired March 15 after a 10-18 season, the Cardinals' worst record in nearly two decades.

"It's going to take time, it's going to take hard work, and it's not going to be easy," Ronny Thompson said. "I've heard tremendous things about the support in the community and in the entire Ball State family. I want to win, and I want to win big."

Thompson's brother, John Thompson III, just completed his second season at Georgetown, where he led the Hoyas to the NCAA regional semifinals. Both his father and brother were at the campus news conference introducing Ball State's new coach.

Ronny Thompson, who turns 37 Friday, has spent the last three seasons at Arkansas under Stan Heath. Before that, he was an assistant at Georgetown for five seasons and worked as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers during 1996-98.

Thompson also played for his father at Georgetown during 1989-92 and worked on Wall Street briefly before going into coaching. He also was an assistant at Oregon and Loyola before joining the 76ers.

Buckley was 143-139 in six years at Ball State, including this season when the Cardinals had a losing record for the third time in four years.

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