Thompson joined Lang Wedemeyer’s coaching staff in 2008 after compiling a 61-36-7 career record over three seasons at Mary (2001-03) and three years at North Dakota (2005-07). He led Mary to NAIA Region III championships in 2002 and 2003 and berths in the NAIA National Tournament.
During his tenure as the assistant coach for the Jackrabbits, Thompson has been a part of three teams that won The Summit League regular season championship in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
In his first season at SDSU, Thompson helped guide the Jackrabbits to a 15-5-1 record including a Summit League regular season and conference tournament championship and a second-round appearance in the NCAA College Cup. After earning the league’s automatic bid, the Jacks upset No. 14 and fourth seeded Colorado Buffaloes 1-0, before falling in the second round to Minnesota.
In his first season at North Dakota, Thompson was named 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 following the 2007 season to become UND’s director of compliance.
Anative of Blair, Neb., Thompson was a three-time team most valuable player for the Mary men’s soccer team, earning honorable mention All-America honors as a senior. He stayed on as assistant men’s soccer coach until being named women’s soccer head coach in 2001. The 2002 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Midwest Senior College Coach of the Year, Thompson left Mary in 2004 to become an assistant coach at Indiana State, while pursuing a master’s degree in sport management.
Thompson also has extensive coaching experience at the club and high school ranks. He won three state titles as head girls’ soccer coach at Century High School in Bismarck, N.D., from 2000-04 and was director of coaching for North Dakota Youth Soccer from 2002-04. In addition, he served as regional staff coach for the Region II Olympic Development Program from 2003-05 and 2009. He is very active in the U-16 local soccer community. He works with the Dakota Alliance Soccer Club and the Brookings FC. He is also serves as an instructor for coaching licensing.