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Jon Thompson, Head Coach
Amherst head men's lacrosse coach Jon Thompson is entering his fifth season at the helm in 2015 following his second 15-win season since his inaugural campaign in 2011.
After beginning the season 1-1, the Jeffs won five straight games and eight of 10 games to stand at 9-3 on the season. The Purple & White then edged local rival Springifeld 13-12, and posted to NESCAC victories over archrival Williams (14-9) and Trinity (18-8) to close out the regular season on a three-game winning streak. Amherst clinched the third seed in the conference tournament and secured victories over Bowdoin (13-6) and Wesleyan (12-8) before falling to Tufts in the title game, 20-13.
With a 14-4 overall mark, Thompson's squad earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship and tabbed a 13-10 victory over Colorado College in first round play, before falling to Union in the second round, capping the memorable season 15-5 overall.
The 2014 team saw the Purple & White earn three All-NESCAC selections, four All-NEILA honorees, and three USILA All-Americans.
In the remarkable 2011 campgain, Thompson's Jeffs reeled off 13 consecutive victories, including wins over Middlebury and Wesleyan, the program's first since 1989 and 1999, respectively.
The squad climbed to ninth in the USILA Coaches Poll and despite suffering a setback to Bowdoin in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Championship, Amherst secured its first-ever berth to the NCAA Tournament. After a 12-8 win over Keene State in its opening round game, the Jeffs downed Middlebury once again, 12-9, to advance to the national quarterfinals. The Jeffs' impressive postseason run came to an end with a 15-10 loss to RIT, but not before the team had posted a program-record 15 wins, finishing with a top-ten national ranking as four Jeffs earned All-NESCAC and All-NEILA honors.
Prior to Amherst, Thompson served as the head coach at NESCAC rival Colby College, where he led the Mules to the two most successful campaigns in the previous nine years. During his tenure in Waterville, Thompson guided the Mules to three wins over opponents ranked nationally in the top 10, including a win over the highest ranked opponent in program history (No. 5 Endicott).
While leading Colby to back-to-back postseason appearances, Thompson helped develop a trio of All-NESCAC selections, a pair of All-Americans, and Colby’s first two-time All-American. Equally impressive, Thompson helped the Mules raise the team’s cumulative grade-point average nearly half a letter grade in just four academic semesters.
During his tenure at Colby, Thompson and his teams helped organize and implement four separate civic engagement fundraisers, during which more than $45,000 was raised for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and Alpha 1/25, a Company in the 1st Battalion of the 25th Marine Regiment fighting in Afghanistan.
A native of Freeport, Maine, Thompson is a 2003 graduate of Brown University where he still ranks among the men’s lacrosse program’s top 10 in all-time goal scoring. Thompson, a former captain for the Bears, was a three-time All-New England selection while at Brown. He also earned both Ivy League All-Conference and All-Academic honors in 2002 and 2003, before capping his career as a USILA Honorable Mention All-American and a USILA Academic All-American in 2003.
Following a year volunteering as a member of the Brown coaching staff while playing professionally for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse, Thompson helped lead nearby Springfield to a Pilgrim League Championship as the Pride’s offensive coordinator in 2005.
Thompson returned to the Brown campus prior to the 2006 season, serving as the recruiting coordinator and second assistant for the Bears. After rising to the first assistant position and offensive coordinator for 2007, Thompson helped lead the Bears to one of the largest turnarounds in Division I. In Thompson’s three seasons coaching at Brown, the Bears transformed from a 2-11 team to an 11-3 team that won the 2008 Ivy League Championship with a victory over Princeton.
Thompson graduated Brown with a degree in sports psychology and is currently pursuing his PhD in sports and exercise psychology at Springfield. He and his wife Susanna have a daughter Aida.
|Jon Thompson's Amherst Coaching Record
(5th season, 44-25 overall)