Ronnie Thompson (American football)
Port Arthur, TX
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1968-1970||Texas City HS|
|1971-1973||SA Jefferson HS (Assist.)|
|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|
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.