|Sport(s)||Baseball, basketball, American football|
|Born||January 10, 1910
Hayes Center, Nebraska
|Died||December 22, 2011(aged 101)|
|Alma mater||Sam Houston State|
|1929-1933||Sam Houston State|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|1946-1976||Houston (Assoc. AD)|
|1976-1986||Houston Baptist (Assoc. AD)|
|Head coaching record|
Edward William "Ned" Thompson (January 10, 1910 – December 22, 2011) was an American baseball, American football, and basketball coach. Thompson was born in Hayes Center, Nebraska on January 10, 1910. He moved to Danbury, Texas at the age of fifteen, and graduated from nearby Angleton High School. Following high school, he attended Sam Houston State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1933.
He returned to Angleton, and began his coaching career as a football coach for Angleton High School from 1934-1937 where he posted a record of 17-18-2. Following a stint at Richmond High School (Lamar Consolidated High School since 1948), he then worked for Pasadena High School as a coach for all of the boys teams from 1942-1946. During his final season as head coach for Pasadena's boys basketball, his team won the University Interscholastic League Class A boys basketball state championship.
Thompson left Pasadena High School, and became the first baseball coach for 1947, backfield coach in football from 1946-1948 for the University of Houston. He also served as associate athletic director in charge of business finances from 1946-1976. Among the players for his 1947 baseball team was pitcher Bill Henry who had been a forward on Thompson's state championship basketball team the year prior. Following his 1947 efforts for Houston, Henry went on to become Houston's first player to play Major League Baseball, where he enjoyed a seventeen-year career. Thompson remained at Houston until he left for the same position at Houston Baptist University.
Thompson died on December 22, 2011 at the age of 101. He was interred at South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Texas.
Head coaching record
|Houston Cougars (Independent) (–1947)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Mr. Edward Ned Thompson: Obituary". Pasadena Funeral Chapel. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
- "Going to School in Fort Bend County: Fort Bend County History". Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes. September 1, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
- Avery, Robert (January 11, 2010). "Happy 100th birthday, coach Thompson". Pasadena Citizen. Retrieved March 3, 2014.