Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Pat Thompson begins his second season as Director of Basketball Operations and his third year on staff. In this role, Thompson is responsible for a wide array of tasks that are critical to the operation of the Duke Basketball team.
Thompson works in conjunction with the coaching staff, support staff, Legacy Fund team, compliance office, sports information office, and facilities office on a daily basis to ensure that all tasks are accomplished in a timely manner. He coordinates with college basketball executives at Nike to supply the team with the equipment and apparel needed for each season, while also managing the logistics associated with a 40-person basketball program to include scheduling all team practices, meals, and meetings, determining itineraries for all travel, and disseminating information to multiple echelons of the team and athletic department.
In addition to his in-season responsibilities, Thompson also functions as the commissioner for the annual K Academy, a five-day fantasy basketball camp for business executives to experience life as a Duke Basketball player. He also serves as the assistant director for the Coach K Basketball Camps, which host 2,100 campers from around the world each summer.
Thompson currently serves as the senior intelligence officer for the 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion, Greensboro, N.C., in the United States Army Reserve. He earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant through Duke University’s Army ROTC program. Since his promotion to First Lieutenant in October 2012, Thompson has been recognized as one of the best junior officers in his battalion. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Human Intelligence Operations course, where he was chosen to serve as the class leader in a classified intelligence gathering simulation based on real events from Afghanistan. Thompson also graduated from the 16-week Basic Officer Leaders Course for Military Intelligence at Ft. Huachuca, Ariz. in May 2012. During his time at Ft. Huachuca, Thompson earned the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge in Gold for completing a series of physical tests at the highest possible standard. He also earned the Army Achievement Medal in recognition for his writings on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency. He graduated from the United States Army’s Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Ga. in August 2011, earning the Army Parachutist Badge.
Thompson, a Hamilton, N.J. native, joined the Duke Basketball staff as the Graduate Assistant in 2011 and graduated from Duke University’s Divinity School in May 2013 with an M.A. in Christian Studies. He earned a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy in May 2011.
During his time as an undergraduate, Thompson served as a four-year student manager with the Duke Basketball team, earning the Gopal Varadhan Senior Manager Award after the 2010-2011 season. During his senior year, Thompson was recognized by The UPS Store as one of the top four student managers in the nation. In addition to his responsibilities with basketball as an undergraduate, Thompson served as a cadet in Duke’s Army ROTC program and earned the prestigious General George C. Marshall national award in recognition for his commitment to excellence in Army ROTC.