Lindsay Thompson, who has been the girls basketball coach at William Chrisman High School the past seven years, has been relieved of her coaching duties.
“It's a personnel decision and I can't really comment on it, other than saying Coach Thompson has been relieved of her coaching duties, but is still a teacher in the building,” Chrisman activities director Dan Ogle said Wednesday afternoon after returning from a state-wide activities meeting.
“Because I am retiring (at the end of the school year), I do not really know what direction the school is taking. I know the coaching position has been posted, and I want to wish Coach Thompson the best.”
Thompson, The Examiner's 2009-10 Coach of the Year after a 20-9 season, was stunned by the recent move.
“I am just as surprised as everyone else,” said Thompson, who compiled a 107-75 record at William Chrisman. “Since I've never had a negative coaching evaluation, I was quite shocked to be told I was no longer the girls basketball coach. I am so proud of the job I've done at Chrisman.
“I was hired to turn around a struggling program. After three conference championships and a district championship, numerous college athletes and a traditional winning record, I have no doubt I've done the job I was hired to do. I'm very proud of this team, coaching staff and players who live our ‘TEAMSTRONG’ motto.”
Thompson inherited a team that was 17-33 in the two previous years before she joined the Chrisman staff, including a 6-19 mark in 2006-07. The Bears went 7-17 in Thompson’s first season but had winning records every other year before this year’s 12-14 mark. Her teams won or shared conference titles in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.