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By Dan McGrath

Jamal Thompson ’00 has stepped down after four seasons as Leo High School’s varsity basketball coach. A search is under way for his successor.

“This is disappointing, to say the least,” Leo President Dan McGrath said. “We like Jamal, as a coach but more important as a person. He did a good job at Leo and brought the best out in our players. We thank him for his contributions and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Thompson won the Lawless Award as Chicago Catholic League Coach of the Year last season after guiding the Lions to their first CCL championship since 2010 with a 13-1 conference record. They added regional and sectional titles before losing to DePaul Prep in a Class 2-A Supersectional, finishing 25-5 overall.  

Thompson’s overall record with the Lions was 76-27. He won two regional and two sectional titles and was inducted into the Leo Hall of Fame in April 2022.