Ryan Thompson was named the Head Coach of the Yellow Jackets in July 2018. He takes the helm at BHSU after acting as the assistant coach for three seasons.
In the 2017-18 season, the Green and Gold made the RMAC tournament for the first time in school history. The Yellow Jackets finished the season with a 15-12 overall record, which marks the program's first winning season in the NCAA DII era.
Over the past two seasons, BHSU has emerged as a strong defensive team. In 2016-17, the Green and Gold ranked first in points allowed, and first in defensive field gal percentage in the RMAC. In the 2017-18 campaign, BHSU finished the season third in the RMAC in points allowed. In the 2015-16 season, Nick Ongarato became the first Yellow Jacket in the NCAA DII era to earn First Team All-RMAC honors. Ongarato averaged 19.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Fraser Malcolm was named Second Team All-RMAC in 2017-18, while averaging 14.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Thompson previously served as an assistant at the University of Jamestown where he helped the Jimmies compile a 41-20 overall record and an appearance in the NAIA Division II National Tournament. Additionally, Thompson assisted in developing three NAIA All-American selections in his two-year stint at Jamestown.
Prior to BHSU, Thompson spent four years as the head boy’s basketball coach at Hazen High School in Renton, Washington. During the 2013-14 season, Thompson led Hazen to an 18-4 overall record, which was the highest single-season winning percentage in program history. At Hazen, he developed six student-athletes that received college scholarships, including the first NCAA Division I signee in over 25 years. Thompson also improved the team’s grade point average from 2.5 to 3.1.
Thompson began his collegiate playing career at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he averaged 13 points per game and led the conference in assists during the 2005-06 season. He then transferred to the University of Jamestown, where he helped the Jimmies win a Dakota Athletic Conference championship in 2007-08. Thompson finished the 2007-08 season ranked eighth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 47%, and was 13th in the nation in assists with 168.
A native of Viroqua, Wisconsin, Thompson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Jamestown in 2009 and his masters of education from American College of Education in 2015.
Ryan and his wife Kate, have two children, Jay and Paige.