South AD Roger Thompson refocuses

Parkersburg South High School currently has some openings.

One of those should be filled in the not too distant future — the head boys basketball coach.

Brett Rector recently stepped down to take an assistant job for University of Charleston men’s head basketball coach Dwaine Osborne. Rector previously had been an assistant at the Mountain East Conference program before heading to PSHS, where he engineered an eight-game turnaround as the Patriots once again reached the Class AAA state tournament.

The Parkersburg South hoops job just closed at midnight Wednesday.

Roger Thompson, the athletic director for the Patriots, officially retired at the end of last month.

However, he’s not quite out the door just yet.

“I’ll still be there until they get somebody else,” admitted Thompson, who added the “basketball schedules are good, football schedules are good. The only thing we are waiting on is golf and everything else. I have no idea what direction they are moving on the AD job.

“I just know after 32 years it’s time for me to try and find something else to do. I love Parkersburg South. I love the AD job, but that’s the reason I retired was that reason by itself because I’ve been in it 32 years and the retirement is pretty good. I’m 55 years old. I looked into it and it was time.”

Thompson, a PSHS grad, has been the AD for three-plus years after taking the job in March of 2017 after Rick Leach left.

He spent more than two decades at Edison. Along with being an assistant principal at VanDevender, he also was the principal at Franklin Elementary before going to PSHS as an assistant principal and then taking over AD duties.

“We’re going to do it as quickly as possible and we’ll find out who all we get and move from there,” Thompson said of replacing Rector.

The athletic director also noted his job has yet to be posted.

Much like everyone else, the former All-American center fielder and Marietta College Hall of Fame inductee said he’s missing sports.

“The new normal right now is doing what we can do at South,” he said. “That’s it. Not much has changed.

“Once things get started back up I’ll be doing the same stuff until the job is hired. The new normal is the old normal right now. The only things we don’t have is our kids in there practicing and competing.”

Although he’s currently working during his retirement, no one should expect Thompson to be camping out on the porch in a rocking chair anytime soon.

“My goal was to find other work,” he said. “My wife (Sheryl) is going to work six more years. I want to find another job. I’m 55 and I got a lot of energy and I want to find another job I can find a passion for and get after it.

“I got two great grandkids and one on the way. It’s time to start enjoying more time with my family at home and my grandkids and my own kids and that type of thing.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com


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