Mustangs coach steps down after ten years with program

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Cheyenne, Wyo.- After ten years with the Mustangs organization, head coach Rick Thompson is stepping down.

"I will be staying involved in the program, training coaches and working with the organization, but it's time to spend some time with my family," said Thompson.

This past season Mustangs recorded a 53-7 overall record, earned four tournament titles and seven top-4 finishes.

Thompson has recorded a 127-44 overall record with the Mustangs over the last three years.

When asked if he is stepping down because his son, Brett Thompson, is leaving the program to play for Garden City Community College, Thompson said, "No, but I do have regrets with my older son Reed."

Reed played college ball in Kansas and Kentucky and while he was away, Thompson was coaching the Mustangs and unable to see Reed's games. Thompson says he doesn't want to make the same mistake with Brett.

"I want to be able to see Brett play and be there to see the game," said Thompson.

While the news may be surprising to the community - it wasn't surprising to the Mustangs Board of Directors.

Thompson said he told the Board months ago about stepping down so they would have time to find a replacement head coach. He also said he didn't want to be a distraction during the season.

Thompson says he will remain active in the Mustangs program and train coaches and help with the team.

There is an active search for his replacement.