Ned Thompson

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Ned Thompson
Sport(s) Baseball, basketball, American football
Biographical details
Born January 10, 1910
Hayes Center, Nebraska
Died December 22, 2011(2011-12-22) (aged 101)
Alma mater Sam Houston State
Playing career
1929-1933 Sam Houston State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1946-1948 Houston (Backfield)
1947 Houston
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1946-1976 Houston (Assoc. AD)
1976-1986 Houston Baptist (Assoc. AD)
Head coaching record
Overall 1–5

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.[1] 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[2]), 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.[3]

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.[3] 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[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Houston Cougars (Independent) (–1947)
1947 Houston 1–5 N/A N/A
Houston: 1–5 (.167) N/A
Total: 1–5 (.167)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Mr. Edward Ned Thompson: Obituary". Pasadena Funeral Chapel. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Going to School in Fort Bend County: Fort Bend County History". Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes. September 1, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Avery, Robert (January 11, 2010). "Happy 100th birthday, coach Thompson". Pasadena Citizen. Retrieved March 3, 2014.