Chris Thomsen

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Chris Thomsen
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Offensive line coach
Team TCU
Conference Big 12
Biographical details
Born c. 1970 (age 46–47)
Vernon, Texas
Playing career
1988–1990 TCU
1991–1993 Abilene Christian
Position(s) Tight end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1999 Abilene Christian (assistant)
2001–2002 Wichita Falls HS (TX) (OC)
2003–2004 Central Arkansas (OL)
2005–2011 Abilene Christian
2012 Texas Tech (OL / interim HC)
2013–2016 Arizona State (OL)
2017–present TCU(OL)
Head coaching record
Overall 52–26 (10 wins vacated)[A 1]
Bowls 1–0
Tournaments 2–5 (1 win vacated)[A 1]
Accomplishments and honors
2 Lone Star (2008, 2010)
LSC South Division Coach of the Year (2006)

Chris Thomsen (born c. 1970) is an American football coach. Since March 19, 2013, Thomsen is the offensive line coach for Arizona State. He was previously the head coach of the Wildcats football program at Abilene Christian University (ACU), from 2005 through 2011, and an assistant for Texas Tech.

Coaching career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Thomsen is a 1993 ACU graduate and a former Wildcats tight end. Following his graduation, he remained at ACU, first as a graduate assistant and then working his way up to offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator, and, finally, assistant head coach. In 1998, the Wildcats finished 18th in the nation in passing under the direction of Thomsen, who was the offensive coordinator.

Prior to transferring to ACU, Thomsen played football three seasons (1988–90) and baseball one season (All-America and All-Southwest Conference with 21 home runs and a .373 batting average) at TCU before being selected in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Oakland Athletics. Thomsen went on to play for two seasons in Oakland's minor league system.

In the 1991 season, Thomsen became the only TCU player in program history to hit for a home run cycle in a March 1, 1991, doubleheader against Northeast Louisiana (now UL Monroe). In the first game, he had an inside-the-park home run, a three-run home run and a two-run home run. In the second game he had another solo home run and a grand slam. He was 5-for-7 with five homers and 11 RBI in the doubleheader.

He went on to earn first team All-SWC and All-America honors and was also a member of the SWC Postseason Baseball Championship All-Tournament team. He was voted the TCU Male Athlete of the Year in 1991. He earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from TCU in December 1993 and received his master's in secondary education from ACU in 2000.

In 1999, Thomsen left ACU to go into private business, but eventually returned to coaching as he became offensive coordinator at Wichita Falls High School in 2001. With Thomsen calling the plays, the Coyotes won back-to-back district titles and led the district in scoring both seasons (34 points per game in 2001 and 42 ppg in 2002). In 2002 they set the school's single-season record for most points in a season, and the quarterback set the school's single-season record for touchdown passes. Following his tenure at Wichita Falls High School, Thomsen served a two-year stint as offensive line coach at the University of Central Arkansas.

Abilene Christian[edit]

In 2005, Thomsen returned to his alma mater, succeeding Gary Gaines as the ACU Wildcats head coach. In 2006, he led the Wildcats to an 8–3 record and the program's first berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs. He was named the Lone Star Conference South Division Coach of the Year.

In 2008, Abilene Christian finished the regular season undefeated for the first time since 1950. In the NCAA Division II Playoff second round the Wildcats knocked off rival West Texas A&M University 93-68, the 93 points an NCAA playoff record.[1] In December 2008, Thomsen applied for the vacant head coaching position at Northwestern State University and was named among the six finalists.[2] Other finalists included Bradley Dale Peveto, co-defensive coordinator at Louisiana State University and a former Northwestern State assistant, who eventually got the job.[3]

In 2011, Thomsen left ACU for an assistant position at Arizona State but left before the beginning of the 2012 season.[4]

Texas Tech[edit]

On February 3, 2012 it was announced that Thomsen would be leaving his position at Arizona State to accept the position of offensive line coach for the Texas Tech Red Raiders[5] On December 8, 2012, Red Raiders head coach Tommy Tuberville resigned to take the same position with the Cincinnati Bearcats football program, and two days later Thomsen was named interim head coach replacing Tuberville.[6] Thomsen lead the team to a victory in the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas against Minnesota.

Arizona State[edit]

Following the bowl victory, Arizona State hired Thomsen once more to be their running backs coach.[7] As of March 19, 2013 Thomsen was moved to offensive line coach for the Sun Devils.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Abilene Christian Wildcats (Lone Star Conference) (2005–present)
2005 Abilene Christian 4–6 4–5 T–8th
2006 Abilene Christian 8–3 7–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division II First Round
2007 Abilene Christian 0–3 (10–3)[A 1] 0–1 (8–1)[A 1] 6th (2nd (South))[A 1] L NCAA Division II Second Round[A 1]
2008 Abilene Christian 11–1 9–0 1st (South) L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
2009 Abilene Christian 9–4 6–3 T–5th (South) L NCAA Division II Second Round
2010 Abilene Christian 11–1 10–0 1st (South) L NCAA Division II Second Round
2011 Abilene Christian 8–3 7–1 2nd L NCAA Division II First Round
Abilene Christian: 51–21 (61–21)[A 1] 43–12 (51–12)[A 1]
Texas Tech Red Raiders (Big 12 Conference) (2012)
2012 Texas Tech 1–0[A 2] W Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas[A 2]
Texas Tech: 1–0
Total: 52–21 (61–21)[A 1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i 10 games, including 8 conference games, and 1 post-season game, were vacated by the NCAA for violations.
  2. ^ a b Thomsen coached the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas after head coach Tommy Tuberville resigned after a 7–5 (4–5 Big 12) regular season.


  1. ^ Phillips, Troy (2008-11-24). "Glory days are back at Abilene Christian". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 
  2. ^ Byrd, Jerry (2008-12-12). "Six finalists for Demons job". Bossier Press-Tribune. 
  3. ^ Richards, Joey (2008-12-19). "ACU coach staying; star back signs with agent". Abilene Reporter-News. 
  4. ^ "ASU Football Coach Todd Graham Names Chris Thomsen To His Coaching Staff". Arizona State University. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Graham, Mike. "Thomsen will join coaching staff". Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tech's Chris Thomsen interim coach". ESPN. 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  7. ^ Haller, Doug. "ASU football hires Chris Thomsen as running-backs coach". Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "ASU's Chris Thomsen Moved to Offensive Line Coach; Bo Graham Promoted to Running Backs Coach". Retrieved 4 August 2013.

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