Ruth Thompson became the head women's volleyball coach at Mary Baldwin University prior to the 2017 campaign.
Before taking over the Fighting Squirrels, Thompson led the local Riverheads High School volleyball progarm to three conference championships that also led to a pair of regional championships garnering state championship berths. Over those three seasons, Thompson held a 67-9 overall record.
Originally from Williamsburg, Virginia, Thompson graduated from Lafayette High School and went on to join Eastern Mennonite University. After college, Coach Thompson made her way to Staunton where she coached basketball and volleyball at Robert E. Lee High School.
Thompson has taught in the Staunton City Schools for 12 years. She has been named Staunton City Schools Teacher of the Year and has been awarded the Dawbarn Award for educational excellence by the Community Foundation. Currently, she is working as the GED Coordinator for Staunton City Schools.