Head Women's Basketball Coach
Alma Mater: Pittsburg State (KS) '04
Experience: 6th Season at Pratt (9th Overall)
Stephanie Thompson enters her sixth season at the helm of the Beavers. The 2010-2011 season saw the Beavers win more games than they have since 2005, Thompson looks to continue building with great sophomore leadership. In her previous three seasons Thompson has produced one Academic All-American, two all conference players, and three players have been named to the All-Academic team. The 2010-2011 team posted a team GPA of 3.22 which ranked seventh on the Region 6 academic list. A native of Pratt, Thompson began her coaching career at Skyline High School in 2005. She guided the Lady Thunderbirds to three winning season with an overall record of 48-18. The Lady Thunderbirds won a share of the HOPL title in 2006, and Thompson was named Hutchinson News 1A coach of the year.
A graduate of Pratt High School in 2000, Thompson was a member of the fourth place state team her junior season. Coach Thompson was a three year All-MSAA and All-State player and was selected as 4A state player of the year her senior year. Thompson currently holds numerous Pratt High basketball records.
Thompson went on to play collegiately at Cowley County Community College and Pittsburg State University. During her time at Cowley, Thompson was selected second team All Jay-hawk East her freshman and sophomore seasons. She was named Defensive player of the year in 2001 and received Sophomore Athlete of the year in 2002. She also earned Academic All-American status her sophomore year at Cowley.
After graduating from Cowley, Thompson went on to play at Pittsburg State University and was named to the MIAA all league team her junior season. Thompson was selected team captain her sophomore and senior year. She was awarded the 2004 PSU Outstanding Senior Athlete Award in 2004. Coach Thompson graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Pittsburg State University. She married Pratt Community College baseball assistant Eric Thompson in September of 2011.
Recruiting Coordinator/ Assistant Coach
Experience: 1st Season at Pratt (7th Year Overall)
Alma Mater: University of Mary Hardin Baylor '08
Fort Worth, Texas native Lejon Wright enters his first year on the Women’s Basketball staff at Pratt Community College. Wright comes to Pratt after serving 3 years as the Head Girls Basketball coach at Eastern Hills High School in Fort Worth from 2010-2013. Prior to the 2010-2011 season, Wright was an assistant men’s coach at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas for Johnny Estelle from 2008-2010.
During his tenure at Navarro, Wright helped the Bulldogs capture history in back-to-back seasons. The 2008-2009 season saw the Bulldogs Win the REGION XIV Title (1st in schools history and 26-11 record), and finish 8th in the country at the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS. That same team featured the schools second 1st TEAM ALL AMERICAN (DeAndre Brown-La Tech), that team polled as high as #2 in the country. During the 2009-2010 season, the Bulldogs finished 30-7, and also won its 2nd REGION XIV Tournament in consecutive years, but went on to lose in the Final Four at the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson. That team yet again, featured another 1st Team ALL AMERICAN (Matt Pressey-University of Missouri, son of former NBA Star and Current NBA Coach Paul Pressey, who Wright also recruited to Navarro).
Wright was also the team's Academic Coordinator at Navarro where he helped the Bulldogs obtain a 95% graduation rate, two Academic All-Region Selections, and a team GPA in 2009-2010 of 3.2. Working closely with Estelle, Wright organized and developed a mentor program between Navarro and Corsicana Middle Schools.
During the summers, Wright has been instrumental in helping continue the success of one of the most prolific Girls AAU basketball programs in the country, DFW ELITE (Dallas), where he was responsible for recruitment of new prospects and Head Coach of one of the program's teams for four years. The DFW program has helped mentor and place over 150 student athletes in Division 1 schools since its beginning in 2005, Has two NCAA title Teams - UCONN 2013 (Moriah Jefferson), and Baylor University (2012 40-0 Team, and 2013 WNBA #1 Draft Pick Brittany Griner), 13 McDonalds ALL AMERICANS. He has also worked with NBA Hall of Famer John Lucas and his International Combine Girls and Boys Camps, and Five Star basketball camps.
Lejon is the son of Saundra Holland, an educator for 20 years in Fort Worth, Texas and Rob Wright, a coach and educator for 20 years in Desoto, Texas. Rob, who is a New York City native, was a player on the 1981 Texas A&M University “Sweet 16” team, and later on went to become one of the most well respected coaches in the State of Texas and the City of Dallas, as a Head Coach at Carter High School producing several ALL AMERICANS including current San Francisco 49er Mike Crabtree. He later went on to become an assistant coach at The University of Texas Austin (1997-1998), and George Washington University (1998-2003). He is also a part of the DFW ELITE Organization.
College playing career:
Trinidad State Junior College 2000-2002
Mountain View College 2002-2003