This edition of Who Makes Millersville Special features Fred Thompson, men’s head basketball coach.
Q: How long have you been working at Millersville University?
A: This is my 13th year.
Q: Why did you choose to coach at this University?
A: It’s a great University and it was a good opportunity for me to get back involved with college coaching.
Q: How many years have you coached basketball?
A: Twenty years.
Q: What is your favorite thing about coaching at Millersville?
A: Teaching young men responsibility and accountability and watching them grow into mature young adults.
Q: What do you think makes a coach ‘coach of the year’?
A: Good players.
Q: When did you first come across the game of basketball?
A: I think I was about five or six years old and I would watch my older brothers and some cousins play in my grandmother’s backyard; I picked it up from there.
Q: How and when did you realize you wanted to become a coach?
A: I really cannot remember the exact time that I decided that I wanted to be a basketball coach, but I knew I wanted to be involved in basketball at some capacity, so I decided to coach.
Q: What is the most important thing you’ve learned from coaching?
A: Discipline, maturity, sportsmanship, just to name a few. Coaching, along with basketball, has taught me so much about life.
Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?
A: I pace back and forth and pray a silent prayer before every game.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: In the south, South Carolina.
Q: What college/university did you attend? Major?
A: I attended Northeast Louisiana University, with a major in health and physical education.
Q: Did you play basketball or any other sports there?
A: Just basketball.
Q: What was your first job?
A: I was a counselor for the Boy’s Club during my high school years and after high school graduation I joined the U.S. Army.
Q: Tell us about your children.
A: I have three kids: Quenton, 21; Ahrehon, 11 and Asonti, 7.
Q: Your wife is currently a public relations student at the University. How do you like having her close to you on campus?
A: I have been truly blessed to have someone like Javita in my life, so every moment we spend together is always great.
Q: Does your family inspire you in your coaching?
A: Yes, they are my inspiration in everything that I do.
Q: What are your favorite activities to do with your family?
A: Fishing. I have a passion for fishing and so does the family.
Q: What is your favorite NBA team?
A: I do not have a favorite NBA team, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are my favorite football team.
Q: Which would you prefer to watch, collegiate or professional?
A: College basketball. I have always been a huge college basketball fan.
Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?
A: Marrying my wife Javita and having the kids.