Cleveland State has hired Evelyn Thompson as the Lady Cougars new women's basketball coach. Thompson comes to Cleveland State with more than 20 years of coaching experience to the position.
A native of LaGrange (GA), Thompson had a solid collegiate career playing her first years at Northeast Mississippi Community College where they won NJCAA National Championship in 1987. She was also named a NJCAA All American while at Northeast. She was also selected to the school's Hall of Fame.
She concluded her college career at Auburn University where she helped the Lady Tigers to two NCAA National Championship runner-up finishes in 1989 & 1990. They also won two SEC Championships and she was named to the SEC All-Tournament team and NCAA Region All-Tournament teams.
Her coaching experience began in 1990 at Arizona State, during which the Sun Devils a Top 20 ranking and a NCAA Tournament spot in 1993. She would spend the next year at Western Kentucky University.
She became the Senior Program Coordinator at a Community Center in Fulton County (GA) in 1996, and held that psoition for three years. From 1999 to 2002, she was employed as a teacher and basketball coach in the Georgia high school system.
She ventured back into college coaching in 2002 when she was named an assistant at the University of Buffalo where she spent five seasons. From there she accepted a similar position at Michigan State University. During here two years, the Lady Spartans were the WNIT Runner-up in 2008 and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2009.
FRom 2009 to 2011 she was employed as an assistant at Stony Brook, first as an assistant and then as the interim head coach her final year. She made the move to AAU basketball as she led the Michigan Crossover Nike Elite team as well as serving as a consultant and evaluator for Blue Star Basketball.
In 2015, Thompson joined the staff at Tennessee Tech University during former fomer TJCCAA Coach Jim Davis's final year. The past year was spent as an assitant at Tennessee State University.