This will be the last season of Jeremy Thompson coaching the Middle Creek baseball team. He’s leaving the post where he helped win the 2012 4A state championship to be the Mustangs’ new athletics director.
Thompson will replace Lewis Owens, who announced in March he was going to step down as athletics director following the school year.
The Mustangs won the school’s first N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship (the cheerleading team has won several state titles that are non-NCHSAA) last season when Thompson’s Mustangs went 26-7 this season, winning nine of their last 10 games.
They were under the radar for much of the year, never cracking the state’s top 10 rankings until after the season.
The cohesiveness of last year’s team was an example to others at Middle Creek.
“I think if you look at all the sports at Middle Creek, I think a lot of us learned from the baseball team last year. Coach (Jeremy) Thompson and those kids, when they won that state championship, they really cared about each other,” said girls’ basketball coach Wes Petty after a January game.
“There was no selfishness, there was no ‘me,’ there was no ‘I,’ it was all about the team. And I think that carried over to all of our teams.”
Thompson, who has also been an assistant at J.F. Webb and Lee County high schools, confirmed that 2013 will be his final one as a coach on Facebook.
“I have enjoyed my time as the baseball coach of a great school over the past seven years, and treasure the relationships I have been privileged to have with players, coaches, parents, and the community,” he wrote.
Thompson will be the Mustangs’ fourth athletics director since the school opened in 2001. Owens had been the AD for seven years and had said: “Whoever comes in and takes over is going ot be in a great situation.”
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