Chris Pompey begins his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Aggies. In 2008-09, the Aggies posted a winning record (17-15) and a third-place finish in the WAC.
With a junior, two sophomores and two freshmen in the starting line-up, the Aggies had the conference’s leading scorer in guard Jahmar Young and top rebounder in forward Wendell McKines. NM State also paced the league in scoring (76.3 points per game), steals per game (7.22) along with 3-point field goal percentage (40.0), which ranked 10th in the country.
In 2007-08, the Aggies won their first regular season WAC title. NMSU was co-champions after finishing 12-4 in the conference, which was the best mark in school history. Nationally, the Aggies ranked in the top 25 in three statistical team categories including rebounding margin. NM State was second in the country, only trailing
Pompey and the Aggies (21-14) played in their second consecutive WAC Tournament title game narrowly missing the NCAA Tournament after falling in triple overtime to
In his first year at NM State, Pompey helped recruit a top 20 2007 class, which included Parade fourth team All-American Herb Pope and Jahmar Young, and Rivals.com rated it the third best among mid-major schools in the nation. The Aggies went 25-9 in 2006-07 and won their first WAC Tournament. NM State made its 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which was the first since 1999.
Pompey spent six seasons at
While at Hartford, Pompey was recognized as one of the top mid-major assistant coaches in the country by the Hoop Scoop from 2003 to 2006 while serving as the primary recruiting coordinator for the program. Pompey was also responsible for coaching the wing/forward positions and helped six players earn all-conference accolades during his tenure, including two honorees, Kenny Adeleke and Aaron Cook.
Before joining the
Pompey has been a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches since 2000 and has worked with programs such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Morgan Wooten Basketball Camps.