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 North Carolina, with an advantage of 8.9 rebounds per game. The high-powered Aggie offense also ranked No. 17 in scoring offense (79.8 points per game) and No. 24 in field goal percentage (47.6).
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 Boise State in one of the most exciting conference championship games of the season. In addition, NM State posted the 23rd 20-plus win season in the program’s history following a schedule that includes games at Duke, Louisville and against Texas and West Virginia.
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 Hartford before becoming an assistant at Hampton. In just under a month as an assistant at Hampton, Pompey helped bring a top 50 recruiting class to the Pirates’ program.
At Hartford, Pompey helped build the Hawks into one of the premiere teams in the America East Conference. Hartford had the second-best turnaround in the country from 2001-02. The Hawks reached the semifinals of the America East Conference Championships three times (2002, 2003, 2004). In 2005-06 head coach Larry Harrison was named the America East Conference Coach of the Year after Hartford advanced to the conference tournament as the No. 4 seed. The Hawks also finished third in the league three times (2001-02, 2002-03, 2005-06).
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 Hartford staff in 2000, Pompey spent eight years as the founder, director and head coach of the DC Stars AAU basketball program in Washington, D.C. Under his leadership, the DC Stars became nationally recognized as one of the premiere AAU programs in the country. From 1992 to 2000, Pompey and the DC Stars coached and developed over 100 athletes who moved on to play at the Division I level. In 1998, Pompey led the first 17-and-under team from Washington, D.C. to the championship game of the Bob Gibbon’s Tournament of Champions in North Carolina. Two years later, the DC Stars took home the title at the 2000 Footstopper’s Hoop Classic in Washington, D.C.
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.
A 1984 Pittsburgh graduate, Pompey was a member of the Panthers’ football program and a teammate of Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. Pompey resides in Las Cruces, N.M., and he has two children Krystal and Chris.