Ronnie Thompson (American football)

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Ronnie Thompson
Biographical details
Born c. 1944
Texas Port Arthur, TX
Playing career
1965-1967 Louisiana College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1968-1970 Texas City HS
1971-1973 SA Jefferson HS (Assist.)
1974-1975 Vidor HS
1976-1977 Lamar (OC)
1978-1981 PA Jefferson HS
1982-1985 Texas (QB/RB coach)
1986-1988 Texas A&M (QB/RB coach)
1989-1992 South Garland HS (OC)
1993-2001 South Garland HS
2006-present PA Memorial HS
Head coaching record
Overall 89-77-3

Ronald H. “Ronnie” Thompson (born c. 1944) is an American football coach. He coached for almost 40 years in the high school and collegiate ranks.

Thompson graduated in 1962 from Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas and went on to play at Louisiana College. After graduation, he coached at various high schools. As a young assistant coach at San Antonio Jefferson High School, he closely followed the exploits of the 1971 4A state champions Robert E. Lee High School, playing a pass-happy offense coached by John Ferrara, who in 1975 became an assistant at SMU. In 1978 Thompson installed a very similar offense at Port Arthur Jefferson High School, led by quarterback Todd Dodge. Jefferson reached the 1980 state championship game but lost to Odessa Permian.

A year after Dodge left for Texas, Thompson joined the Longhorns as backfield coach under Fred Akers. Later Thompson went to coach at Texas A&M University under offensive coordinator Lynn Amedee and head coach Jackie Sherrill. He is a retired head coach from Port Arthur Memorial High School.

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