John Thompson (American football)

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John Thompson
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive Coordinator
Team Texas St.
Conference Sun Belt
Biographical details
Born (1955-10-16) October 16, 1955 (age 60)
El Paso, Texas
Playing career
1970s Central Arkansas
Position(s) Defensive Back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982 Arkansas (GA)
1983–1986 Northwestern St. (DC)
1987 Alabama (LB)
1988–1989 Northwestern St. (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 St. (AHC/DC/ILB)
2012–2013 Arkansas St. (DC/LB)
2012 Arkansas St. (Interim HC)
2013 Arkansas St. (Interim HC)
2014–present Texas St. (DC)
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 is currently the defensive coordinator at Texas State University (TXST), a position he has held since March 2014.[1] 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.

Coaching career[edit]

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.

College head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
East Carolina Pirates (Conference USA) (2003–2004)
2003 East Carolina 1–11 1–7
2004 East Carolina 2–9 2–6
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
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

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