Eastern Kentucky University baseball head coach Edwin Thompson has been hired at Georgetown University as its next baseball head coach.
“While we are certainly disappointed to see Edwin and his family leave our program, we are all excited for this new opportunity for them to return home to the DMV area and lead a baseball program in the Big East Conference,” Director of Athletics Matt Roan said in a press release. “Edwin and his staff have worked very hard the last five years, and the fruit of that labor really began to show in 2020 when the team started the season 12-2. We’ll always wonder what could have been this past season, but we know the future of Colonel baseball is bright because of Edwin’s hard work and dedication to EKU.”
Thompson has led the Colonels since July 2015, and has had the opportunity to coach and help lead several players on to professional baseball. He has led the Colonels to a record of 122-123 overall since becoming head coach.
“The past five years at EKU have been amazing for my family and I,” Thompson said in a press release. “The relationships that I have with all the current and former players is something that I look forward to continuing. I will always be grateful for the opportunity Steve Lochmueller, President Michael Benson, Dan McBride and Matt Roan provided with my first head coaching experience at the Division I level."
Thompson has even led the team to wins against five teams in the top 30.
"Richmond and EKU will always be home for me because the people in this community, alumni, and staff on this campus are truly special. I know the program is in a great place on and off the field. I am going to miss everyone that I worked with, including the coaches and staff of other EKU teams. I enjoyed every minute of it. I am excited to watch the program continue to grow under the leadership of Matt Roan,” Thompson said.
He has made history for the Colonels with two 30-win seasons, which had not been done since 1999. The team has also qualified for two Ohio Valley Conference tournaments for the first time since 2013.
At the start of the 2020 season, the Colonels were on a 4-0 winning streak which has not happened since 2001. Thompson brought the team to a record of 12-2 before the season was canceled due to COVID-19. EKU was ranked 12th in the nation with a batting average of .314 and 15th in scoring with 8.4 runs per game.
In the last five years, the team has earned the American Baseball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence Award every year, along with only 12 other Division I baseball teams, meaning that the team has maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Thompson is a Washington, D.C. native and will be taking over after Pete Wilk recently retired as the long-time skipper and tallied over 400 wins with no postseason appearances in 20 seasons.
Georgetown has never reached the NCAA tournament, and that is something Thompson will try to change. The Hoyas finished the 2019 campaign with a 22-34 record before going 4-13 in 2020 before the season was canceled in the spring.
According to Kendall Rodgers with D1Baseball.com, “With his departure… Assistants Shaun Cole and Julius Mcdougal are expected to get strong looks for the head job, particularly Cole. Cole, the pitching coach, was previously the coordinator of player development for the San Diego Padres and earned a national title ring during his time as an assistant at Arizona."
Rodgers mentioned that other names in the mix could be former Kentucky assistant and recruiting coordinator Roland Fanning, who is now at Oklahoma State.
A national search will begin immediately for EKU’s next baseball head coach.
EKU assistant coach/pitching coach Shaun Cole will serve as the interim head coach at this time.