FAIRMONT — Marcus Thompson is coming home to take over as the head girls basketball coach at Fairmont after being approved by the Public Schools of Robeson County Board of Education earlier this week.
Thompson previously served as the boys head jayvee coach and varsity assistant coach from 2014 to 2018, and coached Fairmont Middle School’s basketball team this past season. He takes over for Richard Mitchell, who has coached the Fairmont girls for the last five seasons.
“I was excited when I saw the opening and thought about the possibilities of coaching a higher level,” the 2003 graduate of Fairmont said. “This is home for me and coaching is something I want to do with my career.”
He takes over a girls basketball program at Fairmont that will bring a 29-game losing streak into next season. Even with the struggles of this group, Thompson sees promise.
“I see a lot of potential with this group,” Thompson said. “That’s the tools that are in my toolbox to train. I believe that if you put in work, you reap good results. It’s not going to be easy.”
The likes of Georgianna Waters and Saraiyah Thompson are some returners that Marcus Thompson has seen working this offseason to better themselves and their teams.
While he has nearly a decade’s worth of basketball training experience, coaching basketball has been a passion that Thompson has looked to break into. He has spent time working camps with the North Carolina Central women’s basketball program.
“That opened my eyes to coaching girls,” he said. “Coaching girls can be hard, but girls listen well and they don’t go away from what you are teaching them.”
Having spent time coaching at the school already, Thompson plans to use his position to not only teach basketball, but give lessons off the court as well.
“I’m excited. I’m wanting to grow as a coach and help the players grow as people to be productive citizens,” Thompson said. “I love basketball and I want them to learn basketball, but also learn about life and how to treat people.”
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