SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University head men’s basketball coach Mike Madagan has announced that Ben Thompson has joined the Lions’ coaching staff for the 2009-10 season.

Thompson comes to Saint Leo after gaining coaching experience within Division I working for both the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Virginia Tech.

“We are excited to have Ben join our coaching staff," Madagan said. "He comes highly recommended and is a self-motivated and tireless worker with a solid foundation and desire to coach for the right reasons. He will assist in all facets of the program. The opportunities to recruit and coach here parlayed with his experiences at UNCG and Virginia Tech should prove to be beneficial for all involved.”

Thompson replaces Luke Runka who served in a similar capacity with the Lions for five seasons.  Runka resigned from the program in May to pursue other career options in his native Minnesota along with his wife Jamie.

His most recent position, as Director of Basketball Operations for UNC Greensboro, Thompson was in charge of player development, academic advising, budgeting and scouting as well as directing the Spartans’ summer camps.

Thompson is a 2006 graduate of Virginia Tech, where he earned a degree in interdisciplinary studies along with minors in residential property management and leadership. He earned a master’s degree from Virginia Tech in health and physical education with a specialization in sports promotion in 2007. While at Virginia Tech, he served as a graduate manager in 2006-07 for the men’s basketball program and was promoted to video coordinator for the 2007-08 season.

Thompson lettered in seven sports at Saint Paul High School in St. Paul, VA.  In basketball, he was a three-year starter and two-year captain while playing for his father, Rick. He also served a stint as an assistant basketball coach at Blacksburg High School while he was an undergrad at Virginia Tech.

The addition of Thompson completes the Lions coaching staff for the 2009-10 campaign as he will join second-year assistant coach Fred Lewis and third-year student assistant John Daniel.