Head Coach Ben Tompson
Ben Thompson is entering his first year at head men's basketball coach at Emory & Henry College. Thompson was formally introduced by Director of Athletics Anne Crutchfield at a press conference at Bob Johnson Court inside the John Rutledge King Center on Monday, April 29. A native of Southwest Virginia, Thompson joins the staff at Emory & Henry after spending the past three seasons as the head men's basketball coach at SUNY Canton.
He guided the Roos to a 20-win season in his first season en route to leading the team to its first Eastern College Athletic Conference playoff win in school history and the inaugural American Collegiate Athletic Association Conference Championship.
Before SUNY Canton, Thompson helped guide NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial University to the national championship game during the 2015-16 season. Thompson has previous coaching experience at Virginia Tech, Virginia Military Institute, and UNC Greensboro as well as Division II UNC Pembroke and Saint Leo University.
In the summer of 2018, Thompson led the USA D-III men's basketball national team on a tour of Brazil. The team finished the trip a perfect 5-0 with wins over Brazilian teams Jundiai, Santa Andre, LSB All-Star (G-League), Fluminese and Botafogo.
This past season, SUNY Canton finished as the Division III leader in blocks per game at 6.4. Across all NCAA divisions, this total was second only to Duke University.
Thompson graduated from St. Paul High School where he played for his father Rick who won the 1991 VHSL State Championship. He is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
A 2006 graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies, Thompson completed his Master of Science in physical education with an emphasis in sports promotion in 2007.
Thompson is engaged to Tiffany Brown of Wilmington, North Carolina. The two will be married this summer.
Assistant Coach Bobby Perez
Bobby Perez is entering his first year as Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Emory & Henry College. Perez joins the Wasps after a four-year career in the basketball program at Wofford College. Willson adds Perez to the staff after departures of former coaches Rico White and Matt Galloway. White recently accepted a position as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Gardner-Webb University while Galloway decided to pursue a career outside of coaching.
According to Willson, "We are excited to bring Coach Perez into our program. I am confident that he has a bright future in coaching and that his passion for the game of basketball will positively impact our team. His experience playing for one of the best in the business (Mike Young, '86) gives him great perspective as a young coach. I am looking forward to working with him to help our players grow on and off the court."
Perez graduated from Wofford in the spring of 2018 with a double major in business economics and sociology. He served as a team captain during his senior season under Head Coach Mike Young, a 1986 graduate of Emory & Henry. He appeared in 11 games during his senior year while also earning a place on the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll. Perez contributed to Wofford's 2014 SoCon Championship team that narrowly lost to the University of Arkansas in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. He also served as a representative on Wofford's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was selected as a member of Wofford's National Society of Leadership and Success from 2016-18. Perez is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where finished his prep career as an all-region player for Marist School.