John Thompson (American football)

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John Thompson
Biographical details
Born (1955-10-16) October 16, 1955 (age 64)
El Paso, Texas
Playing career
1970sCentral Arkansas
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982Arkansas (GA)
1983–1986Northwestern State (DC)
1987Alabama (LB)
1988–1989Northwestern State (DC)
1990–1991Louisiana Tech (DC)
1992Southern Miss (DC)
1993–1998Southern Miss (AHC/DC)
1999Memphis (DC)
2000Arkansas (co-DC)
2001Arkansas (DC)
2002Florida (DC/MLB)
2003–2004East Carolina
2005South Carolina (co-DC/ILB)
2007Ole Miss (DC/DB)
2008–2011Georgia State (AHC/DC/ILB)
2012–2013Arkansas State (DC/LB)
2012Arkansas State (Interim HC)
2013Arkansas State (Interim HC)
2014–2015Texas State (DC)
2017–2018Blessed Trinity HS (GA) (DC/LB)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2006Central Arkansas
Head coaching record

John Thompson (born October 16, 1955) is an American football coach and former player. 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.

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistant coaches under John Thompson who became NCAA head coaches:

Head coaching record[edit]

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


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