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Steve Thompson, Eureka College

Eureka College's Steve Thompson coaches the Red Devils women's basketball team during a timeout. Thompson, the school's athletic director, has stepped down as the women's basketball coach. 

EUREKA — Steve Thompson has stepped down as the Eureka College women's basketball coach effective immediately, the school announced Thursday.

Thompson, who remains the program's athletic director, led the Red Devils to a 20-8 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance last season. He was named the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coach of the year after Eureka went 14-2 in conference games before winning the league tournament for the first time in school history.

"I can't thank our current and previous women's basketball student-athletes and their families enough for their commitment to what we were able to accomplish together," Thompson said in a news release. "It has been a privilege working with these young ladies to bring a championship to Eureka College."

Thompson posted a 45-36 overall record and 34-18 in SLIAC play over three seasons after taking the position on an interim basis in the spring of 2014.

The Red Devils set single-season program records this year with 2,072 points, 234 3-pointers, 498 assists and 103 blocked shots. Four starters and nine letterwinners are expected to return next season, including All-SLIAC honorees Hayley Reneau and Kerrigan Dura.

"The Eureka College women's basketball program has never been stronger and our returning student-athletes own championship-level experience," he said. "I'm eager and excited for the program to continue to grow and to support them as the Director of Athletics."

The school said it will conduct a national search for the 12th coach in program history.


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