SCRANTON, Pa. – After completion of an exhaustive national search and reviewing more than 100 applications, Lackawanna College has hired Bruce Thompson of Sartell, Minn., as head coach of its successful baseball program, the institution announced today.
Thompson has held various positions in higher education from St. Cloud State, Rasmussen College, and SCTCC along with experience with professional sports teams including the Minnesota Swarm lacrosse team. Thompson said his experience as both an assistant coach, admissions counselor, and advisor prepared him to take the next step in his coaching career at Lackawanna.
"We are excited to have Bruce join our department," Lackawanna College Athletic Director Kim Mecca added. "With his experience at the NCAA Division II level, he is sure to be an asset to our team and the Lackawanna College community. With Bruce at the helm of our baseball program, we are confident that he will continue to give our student-athletes the opportunity to succeed on and off the field."
The Lackawanna Falcons baseball team has enjoyed a number of recent successes including, but certainly not limited to, their 2015 NJCAA Region XIX Division II title. Since 2009, current and past members of the Falcons baseball team have been selected five times in the Major League Draft. Earlier this year, 2014 graduate Rich Condeelis was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 36th round.