Thursday, March 29, 2012
Thompson Coach of Year
By BARRY BURLESON
The call caught coach Jason Thompson off guard.
“I was almost speechless for the first time in a long time,” he said. “I was at a loss for words.”
The H.W. Byers girls basketball coach was notified last week that he had been named Coach of the Year on The Clarion Ledger All-State girls basketball team. It was published in the Saturday edition of The Clarion-Ledger, based in Jackson.
“It’s a huge blessing – an honor,” Thompson said. “You’re talking about a lot of candidates – at least six every year because of state champions in six classes.”
He just completed his 11th season at Byers with another state championship – the Lady Lions’ fourth in five seasons. They won back-to-back Class 2A titles in 2008 and 2009 and then back-to-back Class 1A crowns in 2011 and 2012.
Thompson doesn’t like to take credit for the basketball success at H.W. Byers, located on Highway 72 in north Marshall County. He gives the credit to his players for their work ethic. But, he admits, the Coach of the Year recognition is special.
“It makes me feel good,” he said. “I’m very happy to be selected. It’s a true honor.”
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