Ryan Thompson enters his third season as the head men’s basketball coach at Black Hills State University. After serving as an assistant coach for three years, Thompson was named head coach in July 2018. In his first two years at the helm Thompson compiled a 38-20 overall record, including a 32-12 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record.
In 2019-20, the Yellow Jackets won 20 games and were co-conference champions along with Dixie State. This was the first RMAC title in all sports at BHSU. The Yellow Jackets won 13 consecutive games; the program’s longest winning streak since 2008-09. The Green and Gold ended the regular season in dramatic fashion as they erased a 14 point halftime deficit on the road against archrival South Dakota Mines to win in the final seconds. Thompson was named RMAC Coach of the Year. Joel Scott was named RMAC Freshman of the Year. Scott and Tyler Oliver were named First Team All-RMAC, and Trey Whitley was named Second Team All-RMAC.
During the 2018-19 season, BHSU finished the regular season in fourth place in the RMAC. They advanced to the RMAC conference tournament championship game by defeating nationally ranked, Colorado Mines in the semifinals before falling to New Mexico Highlands in the championship game. Fraser Malcolm was named First Team All-RMAC, Tyler Oliver was named Second Team All-RMAC, and Dez Stoudamire was named Honorable Mention All-RMAC.
Thompson spent two years as an assistant at the University of Jamestown where he helped the Jimmies compile a 41-20 record and an appearance in the NAIA DII National Tournament. During his time at Jamestown, Thompson assisted in developing three NAIA All-Americans. He also served as the Jimmies head men’s and women’s golf coach. In Thompson’s two seasons as the golf coach the men’s team improved from last to second, and the women’s team improved from last to third in the Dakota Athletic Conference.
Thompson also spent four years as the head boys basketball coach at Hazen High School in Renton, Washington. In his last two seasons, Thompson guided Hazen to a 34-11 overall record. During the 2013-14 season, Hazen set a program record for winning percentage. During his time at Hazen, six student-athletes went on to receive college basketball scholarships. The team’s GPA improved from a 2.5 to a 3.1.
Prior to coaching, Thompson was a four year starter at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the University of Jamestown. At UWRF, Thompson averaged 13 points per game and led the conference in assists in 2005-06. After transferring to Jamestown, Thompson 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 and 13th in the nation in assists.
A native of Viroqua, Wisconsin, Thompson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Jamestown in mathematics, and received his masters of education from the American College of Education.
Ryan and his wife Kate, have two children, Jay and Paige.