John Thompson
John Thompson

Senior Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Alma Mater:
Lambuth, 2006

John Thompson joined the Ole Miss staff in January 2012 as the Senior Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the football program.

Thompson is at his third stop with Head Coach Hugh Freeze, serving as his Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Lambuth and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Arkansas State, helping to compile a 30-7 record over three seasons.

Thompson arrived in Oxford after the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Championship season at A-State, where he helped in the design and implementation of the Red Wolves' strength and conditioning program. While helping ASU to a 10-2, record-breaking season and a Bowl bid, he also served as the A-State baseball strength and conditioning coach.

Prior to ASU, Thompson spent the spring of 2011 as Assistant Strength Coach and Defensive Line Assistant Coach for McNeese State. He also previously served as Head Strength Coach, Assistant Head Football Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Munford (Tenn.) High School in the fall of 2010.

Thompson spent six years as the Director of Strength and Conditioning and Assistant Football Coach (LB, DL) at Lambuth, including 2008 and 2009 with Freeze as Head Football Coach. He designed and implemented programs for 14 sports. During his time there, Thompson won back to back Mid-South Conference Championships with football, women's basketball and men's soccer. That includes a National Championship in 2007 and National Runner-Up in 2009 with women's basketball. As a position coach, he mentored an All-American and the nation's leading tackler while serving as linebackers coach and tutored three All-Americans and 10 All-Conference selections as a defensive line coach.

After transferring from the University of South Carolina, Thompson played defensive end for three years at Louisiana-Monroe, earning All-Sun Belt Conference honors. Before completing his undergrad, he played his final year at Lambuth where he was named All-American, set the school's single season sack record and attended the Cleveland Browns minicamp.

Thompson is the proud father of a daughter, Annabelle Elizabeth Thompson.

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