Thompson joined the SDSU staff in 2008 after compiling a 61-36-7 record over three seasons at Mary (2001-03) and three at North Dakota (2005-07). He led Mary to the NAIA Region III championship in 2002 and 2003, each time earning the Marauders a berth in the NAIA National Tournament.
During his tenure as an assistant coach for the Jackrabbits, Thompson has been a part of three teams that captured the Summit League regular season championship.
In his first season at SDSU, Thompson helped guide the Jackrabbits to a program-best 15-5-1 record. During that historic season, SDSU captured its first Summit League regular season and conference tournament championships and made its first appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Jackrabbits upset fourth-seeded, No. 14 Colorado, 1-0, before falling in the second round to Minnesota.
In his first season at North Dakota, Thompson was named the North Central Conference Coach of the Year after leading his squad to a 12-5-1 record and a berth in the 2005 NCAA Division II Tournament. He stepped down from his coaching post after the 2007 season to become UND’s director of compliance.
A native of Blair, Neb., Thompson was a three-time team most valuable player for the Mary men’s soccer team and earned honorable mention All-America accolades as a senior. He was later inducted into the Mary Hall of Fame. After graduation, he stayed on as an assistant men’s soccer coach and served in that position until he was named the head women’s soccer coach in 2001.
During his head coaching career at Mary, Thompson captured the 2002 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Midwest Senior College Coach of the Year award. He left his alma mater in 2004 to become an assistant coach at Indiana State, where he earned a master’s degree in sport management.
Thompson also has extensive coaching experience at the club and high school level. He won three state titles as the head girls’ soccer coach at Century High School in Bismarck, N.D., from 2000-04 and was the director of coaching for North Dakota Youth Soccer from 2002-04. He served as a regional staff coach for the Region II Olympic Development Program from 2003-05 and 2009-12. He is active in the local soccer community, serving as the technical director for Brookings FC. He also holds as a USSF B license.