April 13, 2017 08:19 PM
(ABC 6 News) – After five years as the boys head basketball coach at Rochester John Marshall high school, Kirk Thompson has chosen to step down, the school's athletic department tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Thompson, who led the Rockets to a 113-28 record, including an 89-12 record in Big 9 Conference play and five Section 1AAAA championship games in his five years at John Marshall, was a head coach for 19 years prior to coaching the Rockets—he led Plainview-Elgin-Millville to a Class AA boys basketball state championship in 2012, and five state tournament appearances (2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012).
Thompson said he’s not being pressured to step down, he said it’s simply time for him to move on. “I’ve been a head coach for 24 straight years, the last couple of years, I haven’t wanted to put as much into it and I’m losing passion for it,” Thompson told ABC 6 News over the phone. “I can’t go 100 percent and I feel I’m burning out. I’ve enjoyed the past 24 years, and it has been a very positive experience. If I’m not willing to go above and beyond for my players, I can’t do it.”
Thompson says “he knew” this was something he needed to do, and understands it’ll be “quite a change”. Thompson said he’ll continue teaching math at John Marshall High School, play more golf, coach golf (Thompson coaches the Mayo boys golf team in the spring), and watch some basketball games as a fan, saying he’s gone from a “coach to a supporter”.
Whomever takes Thompson's spot as the John Marshall head coach will have the opportunity to coach Matthew Hurt. Hurt, who will be a junior for the 2017-2018 season, was an AP 1st team All-State basketball player, the lone sophomore to make the team. Hurt has as many as 16 offers from Division-1 basketball programs.
Thompson added he hasn’t recommended anyone specifically for the job, and imagines the school will conduct an open search. He acknowledges that if the school asks for his input, he’d “gladly help” in the search for the next head coach.
ADDITIONAL NEWS: John Marshall Athletics and Activities Director Jason Schultz announced his resignation, effective June 30th, 2017. Rochester Public Schools released the following statement regarding Schultz' decision to resign following the school year:
"Jason has been accepted into a doctorate program to advance his education and passion in the area of physical therapy. We are thankful for Jason’s contributions at John Marshall High School in the Rochester Public School District. Our congratulations to Jason, we wish him the best with his future endeavors."
Updated: April 13, 2017 08:19 PM
Created: April 13, 2017 04:28 PM
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