Stony Brook Athletics

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Stony Brook University women’s basketball coach Michele Cherry has resigned her position effective immediately, Athletics Director Jim Fiore announced Sunday. Current assistant coach Evelyn Thompson will assume head coaching duties for the remainder of the season. Stony Brook will conduct a national search for Cherry’s successor.

“I want to thank coach Cherry for her contributions to Stony Brook women’s basketball over the last seven years and wish her all the best in her future endeavors,” Fiore said. “We will now focus our efforts on the remainder of the season and move forward as a basketball program.”

Cherry came to Stony Brook as an assistant coach in 2004 and then was named the program’s seventh head coach on June 6, 2007. She compiled a 27-79 (.255) overall record and 13-39 (.250) mark in America East play. This season, Stony Brook is 3-13 overall and 0-4 in the conference.

“At this time, it is in my best interest and in the best interest of Stony Brook women’s basketball that I step down,” Cherry said. “I want to thank Jim Fiore, the entire staff, and my student-athletes for their efforts while I was the women’s basketball head coach.”

Thompson, who will lead the Seawolves in their Tuesday home game against Albany, has been an assistant coach at Stony Brook since 2009. She has also previously served as an assistant coach at Michigan State, Buffalo, Western Kentucky and Arizona State. Thompson played two seasons of college basketball at Auburn, helping the Tigers to the 1990 SEC Championship.