John Thompson (American football)

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John Thompson
Biographical details
Born (1955-10-16) October 16, 1955 (age 63)
El Paso, Texas
Playing career
1970s Central Arkansas
Position(s) Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982 Arkansas (GA)
1983–1986 Northwestern State (DC)
1987 Alabama (LB)
1988–1989 Northwestern State (DC)
1990–1991 Louisiana Tech (DC)
1992 Southern Miss (DC)
1993–1998 Southern Miss (AHC/DC)
1999 Memphis (DC)
2000 Arkansas (Co-DC)
2001 Arkansas (DC)
2002 Florida (DC/MLB)
2003–2004 East Carolina
2005 South Carolina (Co-DC/ILB)
2007 Ole Miss (DC/DB)
2008–2011 Georgia State (AHC/DC/ILB)
2012–2013 Arkansas State (DC/LB)
2012 Arkansas State (Interim HC)
2013 Arkansas State (Interim HC)
2014–2015 Texas State (DC)
2017-2018 Blessed Trinity HS (DC/LB)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2006 Central Arkansas
Head coaching record
Overall 5–20
Bowls 2–0

John Thompson (born October 16, 1955) is an American football coach and former player. He most recently served as defensive coordinator at Texas State University (TXST), a position he has held since March 2014 until resigning on September 27, 2015. He served as the head football coach at East Carolina University (ECU) from 2003 to 2004, and at Arkansas State on an interim basis twice—first during the 2013 Bowl and also in the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl. To date, he has compiled a career college football record of 5–20.

College coaching career

Thompson was hired by head coach Ed Orgeron, who played under Thompson at Northwestern State University. Thompson has also served as the defensive coordinator at the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Alabama, the University of Arkansas, the University of Florida, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech, and the University of Memphis. From 2003 to 2004, he was the head football coach at East Carolina University.

His most recent coaching position, prior to Ole Miss, was as co-defensive coordinator at South Carolina, but he left to return to his alma mater, the University of Central Arkansas, as the athletic director. Thompson then accepted the position as defensive coordinator at Georgia State University. Thompson accepted the defensive coordinator position for the Arkansas State Red Wolves on February 25, 2012 under Head Coach Gus Malzahn. Thompson, his wife, Charleen, and two sons, Cabe and Hays, currently live in Alpharetta, Georgia outside of Atlanta.

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under John Thompson who became NCAA head coaches:

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
East Carolina Pirates (Conference USA) (2003–2004)
2003 East Carolina 1–11 1–7 10th
2004 East Carolina 2–9 2–6 T–10th
East Carolina: 3–20 3–13
Arkansas State Red Wolves (Sun Belt Conference) (2012–2013)
2012 Arkansas State 1–0*
2013 Arkansas State 1–0*
Arkansas State: 2–0 * Only coached bowl games
Total: 5–20

High School coaching

Thompson began coaching at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in 2017. Coming in during the summer before the 2017 season, Coach Thompson managed to create a dominating defense in the state of Georgia, leading the team to a 14-1 record and the schools first state title over rival Marist. Coming back in year two, Thompson sought to reclaim the state title. The team finished with a 15-0 record and defeated Cartersville High School in the state championship, holding the high powered offense to zero touchdowns and three field goals on each of their three trips to the redzone. The Titans won the 2018 State Championship 23-9. Overall, Thompson helped lead the Titans to a 29-1 record over the 2 years as defense coordinator and back to back state titles.

External links

  • Arkansas State profile
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