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Thompson to step down as Liberty skipper

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Cites desire to get into school administration

By Mike Forster

 

Lori Mattson's life just got a bit more hectic.

Already hunting for new head coaches for the Liberty boys' basketball and softball teams, Mattson, the Liberty athletic director, now has to expand her search to include finding a new skipper for the Minutemen baseball program.

Mike Thompson has announced his resignation, effective at the end of this season, after leading the varsity for the past three seasons.  Prior to taking over the program, Thompson had served as JV coach and as an assistant to his predecessor, Stuart Grant.

Thompson has expressed a strong interest in moving into school administration somewhere.  He completed his requirements for certification this past February.

"I told the boys last Friday," said Thompson.  "Ideally, I would've waited until after the season; but with our crazy schedule, that is after graduation and would have tied [Liberty principal] Mr. [Tim] Overstreet's hands a bit in posting the job."  

Additionally, Thompson explained that, should he find an administrative position, he didn't want to leave the school high and dry.  " I want them to have full time to fill the spot and for that person to start from the beginning," he said.

It is not surprising that Thompson would place the interests of the school so highly.  He is a graduate of Liberty High, his wife works at the school and his father keeps the score book for the baseball team.

Someday, it is hoped, his daughter, Millie, who is a rising star on the softball circuit, will play for the Lady Minutemen.

In short, the Thompsons are a Liberty family.

Thompson admitted it was a difficult decision.  "I've coached here for 16 years and, as a player and coach, have been on what is now Cutler Field, for 21 of the last 25 years."

Still, he was grateful for the opportunity.  "I couldn't be more appreciative to the LHS administration and community for all of their support and their trust in allowing me to coach their sons for three hours every day," he said.  "While the win total certainly isn't what I would've chosen, I hope most of all that I left the program better than I found it."

During Thompson's first year, the Minutemen were 6-12.  Last year, they finished 6-13.  This year, the team has gone 2-16, heading into the post-season.