North Carolina Spartans: Spartan Coaching Staff

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Josh Thompson- Head Coach and Program Director
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Coach Thompson with NCS alum Grayson Collins as 12U and 17U

Coach Thompson is the founder of the North Carolina Spartans Basketball Program.  Coach Thompson has served as a coach for the 12U, 13U, 14U, 16U, and 17U NCS teams since the programs inception. 

Coach Thompson has won over 200 games as a high school varsity coach and over 400 as a club basketball coach. 

He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Bartlett Yancey High school, from 1998-2000. He then went on to serve as student assistant/manager at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2000-01, where he was a part of the team that won the Southern Conference Tournament Championship and advanced to the first round of the 2001 NCAA tournament.

Following his time at UNCG, Coach Thompson was hired as the Assistant Varsity Boy's Basketball Coach at Oak Ridge Military Academy where he was the top assistant on the staff that was selected as Triad Athletic Conference Coaching Staff of the Year. He helped lead the team to a 17-6 record, the TACIS Conference Championship, and a NCISAA 2A Final Four Appearance. 

Coach Thompson came to Bishop McGuinness in 2002 as the Head JV Boy's Basketball Coach and was an assistant on the Varsity from 2002-04. In his first year as JV Head coach, he turned around a team that previously went 2-20 and coached the same team to an 11-11 record. In his second year, the JV team won the PACIS Conference Championship, posting a 16-9 record.

In only his fifth season as head coach of the Villains, Coach Thompson led the program to its first ever NCHSAA State Championship title and the best season in Bishop history.  The 2009 Bishop Boys finished 31-2 overall and an unprecendented 16-0 in conference play.  Coach Thompson was named 2009 Northwest Confererence Coach of the Year, 2009 Greensboro News and Record Coach of the Year, and 2009 Triad Sports Report's Forsyth County Co-Coach of the year.
In 2010 the Villains repeated as Sectional Champions defeating # 1 seeded and State title favorite Cherryville on their home floor, and made their 2nd straight NCHSAA Regional appearance.

In addition to his time as a high school and college coach, Coach Thompson has coached for the North Carolina Gaters and Greensboro Warriors AAU associations. He was a part of the North Carolina Gaters 2004 19U Coaching Staff whose team advanced to the National Championship game and a Runner-Up Finish at the 2004 AAU National Tournament.  

During his tenure at Bishop, Coach Thompson has coached over 25 players that have gone on to play in the collegiate ranks. In his time as an AAU coach, over 75 players have gone on to play at the next level, with one player reaching the NBA ranks (Cedric Simmons, Cleveland Cavaliers).

Coach Thompson works several basketball camps throughout the area including Mike Krzyzewski's Duke Basketball Camp along with UNC-Greensboro and runs his own basketball camps at Bishop and St. Pius X (Greensboro). In 2008, Coach Thompson started the Triple Threat Skills Academy which are 'mini-camps' set to equip the Catholic Elementary school players with basic fundamental skills of the game.  Coach Thompson also works the prestigious Hoop Mountain Academic All American Camp at Brandeis University.  In 2010, Coach was published for the first time in Dan Inham's A System of Success: State Champions Basketball Playbook, and for a second time in Xs, Os, & Ws: Inspirational Stories from Successful Basketball Coaches by Expected End Entertainment.

Coach Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science and a Master's degree in Education, both from UNC-Greensboro. 

In 2014, the boys basketball program and Coach Thompson were featured on the CBS Evening News 'On The Road' with Steve Hartman and on ESPN E:60 with Tom Rinaldi.

Coach Thompson is a member of the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).  The NABC works to further the best interests of the game of basketball as well as the players and coaches who participate in the sport.

In 2015, Coach Thompson received certification as a USA Basketball Licensed Coach.

Coach Thompson resides in Kernersville with his wife Marsha, son Aaron, and daughter Anna. 

 

 

 



John Martin- Coach
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John's first year coaching with the NC Spartans was 2011.  John currently serves as the head varsity coach at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School in Winston Salem.

Michael Herschel- Coach
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Coach Herschel began coaching with the NC Spartans in 2015.  Michael played on the very first NC Spartans team in 2008, and went on to serve as a head middle school coach in Wilmington, NC during his time at UNCW.  He then went on to serve as assistant coach at Immaculate Heart of Mary in High Point, NC and currently serves as assistant varsity coach at Bishop McGuinness High School.

Daniel Branon- Coach
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Coach Branon's first season with the Spartans was in 2017.  He has served as a head coach in 16U and 17U, and currently is the head coach of Caldwell Academy Varsity team in Greensboro NC.

Brandon Lucas- Coach
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Coach Brandon Lucas's first season with the Spartans was 2018, where he served as the head coach for our 15U team.

Lee Bailey- Coach
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Coach Bailey's first season with NC Spartans was 2018, where he served as an assistant coach for our 15U team.